Morphology Data of Dysomma opisthoproctus
Identification keys
Main Ref. Chen, Y.Y. and H.K. Mok, 1995
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 eel-like
Cross section oval
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales

This species is distinguished by the following characters: with pectoral fin; dorsal-fin origin is in front of level of pectoral-fin base, predorsal length 10.6% TL; anus is posterior and far behind tip of pectoral fin, preanal length 35.1% TL; trunk is very long, trunk length 20.2% TL; intermaxillary teeth 2; compound teeth on vomer 4; multiple rows of small teeth on the upper jaw; a row of 7 or 8 large compound teeth on lower jaw; head pores: IO 4, SO 3, M 7, POP 0, AD 1; lateral-line pores: prepectoral 6, preanal 24, lateral line runs to more than 2 head length before caudal fin; 25 preanal vertebrae, 120 total vertebrae; colour of body brownish dorsally and paler ventrally with lower part of posterior margin of anal fin and caudal fin black (Ref. 31561).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Dysomma opisthoproctus

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
preanal 35 - 35
total 120 - 120


Dorsal fin(s)

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

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total
Soft-rays total

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Pelvics Attributes  
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Capuli, Estelita Emily
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