Morphology Data of Neoepinnula minetomai
Identification keys
Main Ref. Nakayama, N., Y. Kimura and H. Endo, 2015
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
Type of scales

This species is disitinguished by the following set of characters: orbit is huge, its horizontal diameter about equal to snout length 10.6-10.9 % SL, 31.3-31.7 %HL, and its upper margin forming dorsal profile of head; fleshy interorbital width is less than orbit diameter, 8.8-8.9 % SL; posteroventral corner of the preopercle forming an acute angle; distal margin of second dorsal and anal fins concave; lower jaw no distinctly enlarged canines; anterior part of the lower lateral line above pectoral fin base covered laterally by opercle; oral cavity is uniformly black; HL 33.5-34.8 % SL; body depth at pelvic fin base 28.2-29.0 % SL, at anal fin origin 27.0-28.0 % SL; pectoral fin length 17.9-18.1 % SL; length of upper caudal fin lobe 25.6 % SL; length of lower caudal fin lobe 23.4-24.0 % SL; snout length 31.3-33.4 % HL; postorbital length 38.2-39.0 % HL; upper jaw length 40.5-41.2 % HL (Ref. 115418).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Neoepinnula minetomai

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
preanal 16 - 16
total 32 - 32


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number 2
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 17 - 17
Soft-rays total 20 - 20
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 3 - 3
Soft-rays total 20 - 20

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Spines     0
Soft-rays   15 - 15
Pelvics Attributes  
Spines     1
Soft-rays   5 - 5
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
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