Morphology Data of Muraenolepis pacifica
Identification keys
Main Ref. Prirodina, V.P. and A.V. Balushkin, 2007
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 eel-like
Cross section
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales

The caudal part is shorter in proportions. The postanal distance over the body length, and the postanal distance over the ante-anal distance are diagnostic, especially on the field. Other Muraenolepis are quite different.

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Muraenolepis pacifica

Lateral Lines 2 Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line
Pored lateral line scales 21 - 25
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 15 - 18
total 72 - 75


Dorsal fin(s)

Attributes continuous with caudal fin
Fins number 2
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 0 - 0
Soft-rays total 173 - 187
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin

Attributes other (see remark); confluent

Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 0 - 0
Soft-rays total 126 - 133

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  more or less normal
Spines     0
Soft-rays   36 - 39
Pelvics Attributes  largely reduced to one ray
Position    jugular  before origin of D1
Spines     0
Soft-rays   4 - 4
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Bailly, Nicolas
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