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

Sex attributes

Specialized organs
Different appearance
Different colors
Remarks First dorsal fin crimson in males (88983). Females are paler version of males (Ref. 57774).

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

Diagnosis: Dorsal fins III + XI-XIII + 8-9 (usually III + XI-XII +8- 9); anal fin I, 15-17 (usually 16); pectoral fin 15: 3+5+7. LL, pored scales8-12; notched scales 21-23, starting at 2 scale rows below the end of the pored series; total lateral scales 28-29; transverse scales 2/5; nape with scales, abdomen scaleless, single row of scales at base of pectoral fin. Body depth 4.5-5.2 in SL. Vertebrae 10 + 21-22. Dentary pores 3 + 2 + 3; head 3.1-3.4 in SL; eye 2.5-3.0 in head length; orbital cirrus minute, rounded flap about half the diameter of pupil, distally serrated margin; supratemporal sensory canal crescent-shaped; first dorsal fin same height in males and females, about 60% of the second. Key features are: body bars brown; caudal peduncle spots 2 black, the lower one smaller; five black blotches on anal fin, anteriormost largest and darkest; face pink with brown bar below eye; first dorsal fin crimson in males (Ref. 57774, 88983).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Enneapterygius destai

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 28 - 29
Pored lateral line scales 8 - 12
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 32 - 33


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number 3
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 14 - 17
Soft-rays total 8 - 9
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 1 - 1
Soft-rays total 15 - 17

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Soft-rays   15 - 15
Pelvics Attributes  
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Olisa, Kristine Elaine Paz
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