Morphology Data of Saccogaster nikoliviae
Identification keys
Main Ref. Nielsen, J.G., W. Schwarzhans and D.M. Cohen, 2012
Appearance refers to
Bones in OsteoBase

Sex attributes

Specialized organs
Different appearance
Different colors

Descriptive characteristics of juvenile and adult

Striking features
Body shape lateral elongated
Cross section oval
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales

This species is distinguished from its congeners by having predorsal scales and by the following set of characters: pair of frontal spines above and behind eyes is more or less distinct and a median, sub-dermal, cartilaginous, ethmoidal spine in front of eyes; numerous neuromasts found below translucent head-skin arranged in four distinct clusters; with scales on body; anterior arch with 3 long gill rakers, 3-5 times length of filaments; prolonged pectoral peduncle; palatines with 2- tooth rows; lower angle of preoperculum with an antero-ventrally directed spine; vertebrae, precaudal 12-13, total 52-53; fin rays, D 80-84, A 48-52, pectoral 17-18; otolith length to height, 1.9, otolith length to colliculum length, 2.8-3.1 (Ref. 93007).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Saccogaster nikoliviae

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line
Pored lateral line scales
Scales in lateral series
Scale rows above lateral line
Scale rows below lateral line
Scales around caudal peduncle
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb
on upper limb
preanal 12 - 13
total 52 - 53


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total
Soft-rays total 80 - 84
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total
Soft-rays total 48 - 52

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Soft-rays   17 - 18
Pelvics Attributes  
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Capuli, Estelita Emily
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