Morphology Data of Enneanectes wilki
Identification keys
Main Ref. Victor, B.C., 2013
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 elongated
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: belly, pectoral-fin base, and cheek naked; adults with spiny preorbital bone; snout blunt; 3 rows of scales above rear pored scales, the first 2 rows about equal-sized; relatively short first dorsal fin (all characters of E. boehlkei complex); fifth body bar is usually slightly darker than first four (not much darker than fourth) and usually narrower than 4-5 interspace; accessory interspace bar or darkened patch between the fourth and fifth body bars (yellow-ringed with dark-speckled center in life, especially ventrally); dusky red bar just behind fifth body bar; dark or dusky red bands on caudal fin, usually more than 2, often broken; usually no pale band dividing dark snout forward of eye; second dorsal fin with 3 rounded dark spots on membranes near spine bases and thin band of fine speckling on outer rim of fin; anal fin with 4-6 dark patches; modal fin rays D III+XII+8, A II, 16; mode of 14 pored lateral-line scales and 22 scales in notched midline row (Ref. 93957).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Enneanectes wilki

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line
Pored lateral line scales 13 - 16
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


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number 3
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 15 - 15
Soft-rays total 8 - 8
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 2 - 2
Soft-rays total 16 - 16

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Soft-rays   15 - 16
Pelvics Attributes  
Soft-rays   2 - 2
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Capuli, Estelita Emily
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