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Morphology Data of Enneapterygius ventermaculus
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 elongated
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: D III + XI-XIII + 8-10 (usually III + XII + 10); A I,17-20 (usually 19); pectoral fin 14: 1-3, 4-6, 6-8 (usually 2, 5, 7). LL, pored scales 13-16, notched scales 21-25, starting at 2 scale rows below the end of the pored series; transverse scales 2/6; nape and abdomen scaleless, first dorsal fin base also without scales. Body depth 4.8-5.2 in SL. Head 3.4-4.0 in SL; eyes large, diameter 3.0-3.7 in head length; orbital cirrus moderate, lobate; supratemporal sensory canal U-shaped and embraces 1st dorsal spine; dentary pores 3+1+3. Male first dorsal fin slightly higher than second; slightly lower in females. Key features are: overall olive green; anal fins black and white barred. Males head black; first dorsal fin, lower pectoral-fin rays and proximal portion of the pelvic-fin rays yellow females (Ref. 57774, 88983).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Enneapterygius ventermaculus

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 33 - 33
Pored lateral line scales 13 - 16
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   0 - 0
Ventral  0 - 0
Spines total 14 - 16
Soft-rays total 8 - 10
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 1 - 1
Soft-rays total 17 - 20

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Spines     0
Soft-rays   14 - 14
Pelvics Attributes  
Spines     1
Soft-rays   2 - 2
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
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