Morphology Data of Enneapterygius abeli
Identification keys
Main Ref. Holleman, W. and S.V. Bogorodsky, 2012
Appearance refers to Male; Female
Bones in OsteoBase

Sex attributes

Specialized organs
Different appearance
Different colors
Remarks First dorsal fin about equal in height to second in males, lower in females. Males head and chest black, body yellow, while females body yellow-green body, head with brown stripe on nose and orange bar below eye (Ref. 57774, 88983).

Descriptive characteristics of juvenile and adult

Striking features
Body shape lateral fusiform / normal
Cross section
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales

This species is distinguished by the following characters: low first dorsal fin, brown and green radii around the eye, males with yellow body and melanophores on head to base of pectoral fins, females with yellow-green body, brown stripe on nose and orange bar below eye; further, D III + XI-XIII + 9-10 (usually III + XII + 10); A I, 17-18 (usually 18 rays); pectoral fin 15: usually 3, 5, 7; lateral line with pored scales12-14, notched scales 20-23 (usually 22); longitudinal scale series 31; dentary pores 3 + 1 + 3 ; head 3.2-3.8 in SL; eye 2.9-3.7 in HL; nape partially scaled, abdomen no scales, single row of scales at base of caudal fin; supratemporal sensory canal crescent-shaped; supraorbital cirrus small and pointed; first dorsal fin about equal in height to second in males, lower in females (Ref. 57774, 88983).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Enneapterygius abeli

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 30 - 32
Pored lateral line scales 12 - 14
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 10 - 10
total 34 - 36


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number 3
Finlets No. Dorsal   0 - 0
Ventral  0 - 0
Spines total 14 - 16
Soft-rays total 9 - 10
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 1 - 1
Soft-rays total 17 - 18

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Spines     0
Soft-rays   15 - 15
Pelvics Attributes  
Spines     1
Soft-rays   2 - 2
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
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