Morphology Data of Homatula laxiclathra
Identification keys
Main Ref. Gu, J.-H. and E. Zhang, 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
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales

Homatula laxiclathra is similar to H. variegate, H. berezowskii, and H. longidorsalis in the shared presence of slender bodies with uniform depth [9.3–15.8% (mean 12.5) SL], a character distinguishing them from all remaining species of this genus where they have deeper bodies [13.6–23.9% (mean 16.6) SL] and their body depth evenly decreases posterior to the posterior end of the dorsal-fin base. The new species differs from H. variegata, H. berezowskii, and H. longidorsalis in having vertical brown bars on the caudal peduncle twice as wide as (vs. much narrower or slightly wider than) their interspaces. This new species, along with H. berezowskii, is further distinguished from H. variegata and H. longidorsalis by the presence of a shorter head (length 15.6–21.1% SL vs. 18.3–25.3), a shallower caudal peduncle (depth 8.4–11.4% SL vs. 9.6–13.6), a shorter adipose crest along the dorsal midline of the caudal peduncle anteriorly not extending to the midway of the analfin base (vs. extending beyond the vertical through the anal-fin origin), a scaleless (vs. partially scaled) predorsal body, and an intestine with (vs. without) a loop or bend behind the stomach. It is further distinct from H. berezowskii in having an oblique (vs. truncate) posterior margin of the caudal fin, and a narrower interorbital space [width 19.9–24.9 (average 22.5)% HL vs. 24.1–29.7 (average 27.0)]. The new species has an intestine with a loop anteriorly reaching the posterior surface of the U-shaped stomach, whereas the other related species do not have a loop at this portion of the intestine (Ref. 88693).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Homatula laxiclathra

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 Busson, Frédéric
Modified by Busson, Frédéric
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