Morphology Data of Enneapterygius melanospilus
Identification keys
Main Ref. Holleman, W., 2005
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
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales

Pectoral-fin rays 15-16, at least some branched; body whitish with 6 distinct vertical orange-brown bars (live color) or dusky bands (color in alcohol), becoming progressively darker posteriorly, the darkest across the caudal peduncle; caudal peduncle bar broad and continuous, encircling the peduncle; with white band at base of caudal fin; anal fin whitish with 4 broad dusky zones; pored lateral-line scales 14-15; anal fin rays 18; second dorsal fin with black spot basally, capped by a bright orange arc in life.

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Enneapterygius melanospilus

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 34 - 34
Pored lateral line scales 14 - 15
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 10 - 10
Adipose fin

Caudal fin

Attributes more or less truncate; more or less normal

Anal fin(s)

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

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  more or less normal
Soft-rays   15 - 16
Pelvics Attributes  more or less normal
Position    jugular
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Hilomen, Teresa
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