Morphology Data of Encheliophis vermicularis
Identification keys
Abnormalities
Main Ref. Nielsen, J.G., D.M. Cohen, D.F. Markle and C.R. Robins, 1999
Appearance refers to
Bones in OsteoBase

Sex attributes

Specialized organs
Different appearance
Different colors
Remarks

Descriptive characteristics of juvenile and adult

Striking features striking shape of body
Body shape lateral eel-like
Cross section oval
Dorsal head profile clearly convex
Type of eyes more or less normal
Type of mouth/snout more or less normal
Position of mouth terminal
Type of scales
Diagnosis

Eel-like, moderate to shallow body depth; maxilla adnate or nearly so; cardiform teeth present; branchiostegal membranes partly or completely united; swim bladder with thin terminal membrane or bulb; lacking enlarged dentary or premaxillary fangs, dentary diastema, pelvic fins, and swim bladder rocker bone (Ref. 34024). Lacks externally visible pectoral fins (Ref. 51068).

Description: Characterized by translucent with silvery cheek and abdomen; large stellate melanophores on posterior half of body, becoming denser and darker towards tail; depth of body about 15 in TL; head length about 10 in TL; upper jaw with outer row of recurved cardiform teeth and inner row of conical teeth; single row of conical teeth in lower jaw and palatines; 6-7 conical and recurved teeth in vomer (Ref. 90102).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Encheliophis vermicularis

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
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb
on upper limb
total
Vertebrae
preanal 20 - 23
total

Fins

Dorsal fin(s)

Attributes
Fins number
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Ventral  
Spines total
Soft-rays total 19 - 27
Adipose fin

Caudal fin

Attributes

Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total
Soft-rays total 36 - 43

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  other (see remarks)
Spines     0
Soft-rays   0 - 0
Pelvics Attributes  
Position    
Spines     0
Soft-rays   0 - 0
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Reyes, Rodolfo B.
Modified by Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei
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