Morphology Data of Bothus pantherinus
Identification keys
Main Ref. Myers, R.F., 1991
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 short and / or deep
Cross section
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales

Eyed side with dark spots, blotches and rings on body and median fins; 1 distinct dark blotch on middle of straight section of lateral line; narrow dark crossbars on eyed side of pectorals (Ref. 4417). Pectoral rays 9-12 (eyed side) and 9-11 (blind side).

Description: Characterized further by mottled grey brown body color; pectoral filamentous rays of male sometimes reaches as far posteriorly as caudal fin; weakly ctenoid scales or cycloid on eyed side, cycloid on blind side; short gill rakers; one or more short tentacle on eye; upper jaw extending to below anterior half of lower eye; one or more bony tubercles or short spines on snout and edge of eye in mature male (Ref. 90102).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Bothus pantherinus

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 74 - 87
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 6 - 8
on upper limb 0 - 7
total 6 - 15


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   0 - 0
Ventral  0 - 0
Spines total 0 - 0
Soft-rays total 84 - 97
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 0 - 0
Soft-rays total 61 - 73

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Spines     0
Soft-rays   9 - 12
Pelvics Attributes  
Spines     0
Soft-rays   6 - 6
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
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