Morphology Data of Enneapterygius qirmiz
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

Descriptive characteristics of juvenile and adult

Striking features
Body shape lateral
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: small sized with a maximum recorded SL of 25.3 mm; D1 III, D2 XII-XIII, D3 9, first dorsal fin about the same height as the second; A I,17; pectoral fin 14; nape scaled; both sexes with characteristic oval patch of melanophores on dorsum between third and fourth dorsal-fin spines, males with large rectangular blotch of melanophores and brown pigment on side below posterior of second dorsal fin; red in life, with first dorsal of males crimson in front with golden yellow marks, white behind, base of fin a white patch on dorsum (Ref. 88983).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Enneapterygius qirmiz

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 33 - 33
Pored lateral line scales 8 - 10
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 33 - 34


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number 3
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 15 - 16
Soft-rays total 9 - 9
Adipose fin

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   14 - 15
Pelvics Attributes  
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Busson, Frédéric
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