Morphology Data of Antennarius striatus
Identification keys
Main Ref. Randall, J.E., G.R. Allen and R.C. Steene, 1990
Appearance refers to Male; Female
Bones in OsteoBase

Sex attributes

Specialized organs no special organs
Different appearance males alike females
Different colors always different colors between mature adults
Remarks Males have more intense coloration and extended cutaneous appendages than females (Ref. 205).

Descriptive characteristics of juvenile and adult

Striking features striking shape of body
Body shape lateral short and / or deep
Cross section compressed
Dorsal head profile more or less straight
Type of eyes more or less normal
Type of mouth/snout more or less normal
Position of mouth superior
Type of scales

Diagnosis: body short and globose; mouth large with many small, villiform teeth; skin rough, covered with bifurcate dermal spinules; pectoral-fin lobes attached to sides of body; illicium at most as long as second dorsal-fin spine; head, body and fins entirely covered with rough, parallel, dark streaks (Ref. 57225).

Description: characterized by having unbranched pelvic rays except posteriormost bifurcate (Ref. 90102). Illicium about as long as (Ref. 57225) or slightly longer than second dorsal spine (Ref. 90102). Esca with 2-7 worm-like appendages; membrane connects second dorsal fin to head; hair-like filaments covering head, body and fins (Ref. 90102). Shape of lure variable from short and thick to long and slender; illicium attaining 13.6-22.7% of SL; second dorsal-fin spine more or less straight and attains 11.4-19.0% of SL; third dorsal-fin spine curved backwards, attaining 16.7-29.3% of SL; eye diameter 3.5-7.4% of SL (Ref. 57225). Bone supporting illicium extends in front of upper lip (Ref. 26938). Length usually to about 20 cm, but occasionally larger in subtropical zones (Ref. 48635).

Coloration: color variable, often light yellow, orange, green, gray or brown (Ref. 26938, 57225), sometimes solid black (Ref. 26938) or almost white (Ref. 57225). Bands or large, elongate brownish or black spots; preserved specimens beige, yellow, orange, brownish or black (Ref. 57225). Prominent lines radiate from eye (Ref. 26938).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Antennarius striatus

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 0
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb
on upper limb


Dorsal fin(s)

Attributes first fin ray transformed to 'line and (luminous) bait'
Fins number 3notched No
Finlets No. Dorsal   0 - 0
Ventral  0 - 0
Spines total 3 - 3
Soft-rays total 11 - 12
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin

Attributes more or less truncate; more or less normal

Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 0 - 0
Soft-rays total 7 - 7

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  more or less normal
Spines     0
Soft-rays   9 - 12
Pelvics Attributes  more or less normal
Position    thoracic  behind origin of D1
Soft-rays   5 - 5
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
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