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Morphology Data of Leptoderma ospesca
Identification keys
Main Ref. Angulo, A., C.C. Baldwin and D.R. Robertson, 2016
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 compressed
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth sub-terminal/inferior
Type of scales

This speciesi differs from L. affinis, L. macrops, L. retropinna by having a distinct gap between the posterior ends of the dorsal and anal fins and the origins of the upper and lower procurrent caudal-fin rays; differs from L. lubricum by lacking dermal papillae along the lateral line, by having pectoral fins low on body (vs. high) with 6 fin rays (vs. 7-8), and having fewer caudal-fin rays 16 (vs. 17-18); differs L. macrophthalmum by having a longer pre-dorsal length 54.9% SL (vs. 49.3%), fewer pectoral-fin rays 6 (vs. 8), fewer pelvic-fin rays 5 (vs. 8) and longer dorsal- and anal-fin rays (vs. shorter); differs from its congeners by having fewer pre-ural vertebrae 60 (vs. 64-84) (Ref. 113803).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Leptoderma ospesca

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
total 16 - 16
total 60 - 60


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total
Soft-rays total 33 - 33
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total
Soft-rays total 48 - 48

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Soft-rays   6 - 6
Pelvics Attributes  
Soft-rays   5 - 5
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
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