Morphology Data of Enneapterygius rufopileus
Identification keys
Main Ref. Randall, J.E., 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

Small supraorbital tentacle; first dorsal fin in females shorter by 50% than second dorsal fin; in males, shorter by 25%; body translucent gray in both sexes, edges of scales varying from pink to dark reddish brown, the pink-edged scales forming blotches along back; caudal fin base bearing a white bar; top of head red; female head brown and cheek with small white spots, red lower and posterior upper lip; lower part of male head black with exception of lower lip to end of maxilla being bright red and upper part of opercle red. Dorsal rays III + X-XIV + 8-12; lateral line interrupted, 15-20 + 15-21; mandibular pores 4 + 1 + 4 (Ref. 54980).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Enneapterygius rufopileus

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line
Pored lateral line scales
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)

Attributes extending over most of the back length
Fins number 3
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 13 - 17
Soft-rays total 8 - 12
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 16 - 21

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  more or less normal
Soft-rays   14 - 17
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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