Morphology Data of Scorpiodoras heckelii
Identification keys
Main Ref. Sousa, L.M. and J.L.O. Birindelli, 2011
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
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth sub-terminal/inferior
Type of scales

Scorpiodoras heckelii is diagnosed from its two congeners S. calderonensis and S. liophysus by having a relatively large eye, diameter 91-129% of interorbital width (vs. relatively small eye, diameter 58-93% of interorbital width). It further differs from these congeners by the

having a simple, egg-shaped, secondary bladder without terminal diverticulum (vs. secondary bladder absent in S. liophysus and with terminal diverticulum in S. calderonensis) and from S. liophysus by presenting a relatively shallow scute depth (33-51% of body depth near anal-fin origin, vs. 61-72%) (Ref. 86601).

Description: anal fin v-vi,8-10 (Ref. 86601).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Scorpiodoras heckelii

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
Barbels 6
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb
on upper limb
total 34 - 34


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 2 - 2
Soft-rays total 6 - 7
Adipose fin present

Caudal fin

Attributes forked

Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total
Soft-rays total

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Spines     1
Soft-rays   6 - 7
Pelvics Attributes  
Position    abdominal  behind origin of D1
Soft-rays   7 - 8
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Torres, Armi G.
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