Morphology Data of Figaro striatus
Identification keys
Main Ref. Gledhill, D.C., P.R. Last and W.T. White, 2008
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 placoid scales

A very small species of catshark with the following characters: head in dorsoventral view narrowly parabolic, short 17.2-19.6% TL; small eye, its length 3.4-3.9% TL, 1.73-2.03 in snout, dorsolaterally located; well developed labial furrows , extending well beyond corners of mouth, lower furrow is slightly longer than the upper one; first dorsal fin is slightly smaller than the second one; small pelvic fins, slender, length 8.8-11.3% TL; posterior portion strongly directed posterodorsally (forming a small lobe, enveloping partly the proximo-lateral margin of clasper); strongly convex inner margin, forming a partial apron and connected to clasper dorsomedially near its base, soft tissue connecting insertions of pelvic fins is weak, not forming a prominent apron overlying ventral surface of tail; a much longer anal-fin base than second dorsal fin, base 9.9-10.9% TL, 2.4-6.0 times anal-caudal space; long caudal peduncle, anal-caudal space 1.6-4.2% TL; crest of enlarged denticles on anterior dorsal caudal-fin margin extending from about over origin of ventral caudal-fin lobe to almost mid-length of dorsal caudal-fin margin; crest of enlarged denticles originating at mid-point of caudal peduncle, extending to elevated part of ventral lobe; size at maturity for at about 38.0 cm TL; preserved color pale brown dorsally, with dark saddles and bars, lighter ventrally; pre-dorsally with about 4 larger saddles; saddles present below and between dorsal fins and extending onto caudal, these are rarely larger than eye diameter; larger saddles are pale edged, separated by narrower, less distinct bars; saddles rarely extending below the lateral midline; 35-38 monospondylous vertebrae; 85-93 precaudal; 140-149 in total (Ref. 76950).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Figaro striatus

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)

Fins number
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total
Soft-rays total
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total
Soft-rays total

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Pelvics Attributes  
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Capuli, Estelita Emily
Modified by Bailly, Nicolas
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