Morphology Data of Ophichthus rotundus
Identification keys
Abnormalities
Main Ref. Lee, C.-L. and H. Asano, 1997
Appearance refers to
Bones in OsteoBase

Sex attributes

Specialized organs
Different appearance
Different colors
Remarks

Descriptive characteristics of juvenile and adult

Striking features
Body shape lateral eel-like
Cross section circular
Dorsal head profile more or less straight
Type of eyes other (see remarks)
Type of mouth/snout more or less normal
Position of mouth sub-terminal/inferior
Type of scales
Diagnosis

Head and trunk short, about 1.6-1.7 times in tail. Eyes small and covered with semitransparent membrane. Dorsal fin originates much behind the pectoral tip; dorsal and anal fins very low without any spots. Preoperculomandibular pores 5 + 2. Vertebrae 178-184 (Ref. 40862). Differs to O. aphotistos in having more vertebrae, 178-184 and 2 distinct papillae on the upper lip which is absent in aphotistos (Ref. 40865).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Ophichthus rotundus

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
Barbels
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb
on upper limb
total
Vertebrae
preanal
total 178 - 184

Fins

Dorsal fin(s)

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

Caudal fin

Attributes pointed

Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total
Soft-rays total

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Spines     
Soft-rays   
Pelvics Attributes  
Position    
Spines     
Soft-rays   
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Capuli, Estelita Emily
Modified by Froese, Rainer
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