Morphology Data of Scorpaena lacrimata
Identification keys
Main Ref. Randall, J.E. and D.W. Greenfield, 2004
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 fusiform / normal
Cross section
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales

Diagnosis: Dorsal rays XII,9; anal rays Ill,5; pectoral rays 17. Longitudinal scale series 61. Body depth 2.5 in SL; head length (HL) 2.15 in SL; snout length 3.2 in HL; orbit diameter 4.6 in HL; about one-third of orbit extending above dorsal profile of head; interorbital width 7.35 in HL; pair of interorbital ridges curving at front of occipital pit to join tympanic spines; median interorbital ridge extending half way back in interorbital space; occipital pit quadrangular and moderately deep; no coronal spines; no suborbital pit. Suborbital ridge with 4 spines, the first on lacrimal. First dorsal spine 1.8 in second spine; third and fourth dorsal spines longest, equal to second anal spine, 2.35 in HL; eleventh dorsal spine 1.65 in twelfth spine. Supraoccipital tentacle present; small tentacles associated with ventral spines of lacrimal; no tentacles or cutaneous flaps on chin or on body.. One row of small teeth on palatines. Body pale yellowish in alcohol, with scattered small dark brown spots on head, body, and dorsal fin; a short, narrow, dark brown bar extending ventrally from middle of edge of orbit (Ref. 57579).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Scorpaena lacrimata

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


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number 1notched No
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 12 - 12
Soft-rays total 9 - 9
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 3 - 3
Soft-rays total 5 - 5

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Spines     0
Soft-rays   17 - 17
Pelvics Attributes  
Spines     1
Soft-rays   5 - 5
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Capuli, Estelita Emily
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