Morphology Data of Diplotaxodon greenwoodi
Identification keys
Main Ref. Stauffer, J.R. Jr. and K.R. McKaye, 1986
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
Cross section compressed
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes more or less normal
Type of mouth/snout more or less normal
Position of mouth
Type of scales ctenoid scales

Diagnosis: laterally compressed body; hugh, upwardly directed mouth; eye relatively small; largest known member of the genus (Ref. 55949).

Description: deep body; very large, steeply angled, upwardly pointing mouth; usually a markedly projecting lower jaw (Ref. 55949).

Coloration: females and non-breeding males silvery and countershaded; large fish tend to have a purplish sheen, while smaller ones are more brownish; snout usually grey with purple sheen; ripe males with silvery flanks, but head, snout, dorsum, chin, belly and fins black; dorsal fin lappets white; 3-5 pale yellow or white eggspots in a single row on anal fin (Ref. 55949).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Diplotaxodon greenwoodi

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 34 - 34
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)

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

Caudal fin

Attributes more or less truncate; more or less normal

Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total 3 - 3
Soft-rays total 10 - 11

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Soft-rays   12 - 13
Pelvics Attributes  
Soft-rays   5 - 5
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
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