Morphology Data of Scyliorhinus cabofriensis
Identification keys
Main Ref. Soares, K.D.A., U.L. Gomes and M.R. de Carvalho, 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 elongated
Cross section circular
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales placoid scales

This species is distinguished from its congeners in SW Atlantic by the following characters: color pattern with randomly and asymmetrically distributed black and white spots of varied sizes (predominantly small) (vs. spots predominantly within saddles and with approximate bilateral symmetry in S. haeckelii, S. ugoi); saddles not well defined and without sharp median projections (vs. well-defined saddles in S. haeckelii and saddles with sharp median projections in S. ugoi); claspers with a well-developed groove on the terminal portion of the ventral terminal cartilage (vs. absent or undeveloped groove in S. haeckelii, S. ugoi); no envelope and poorly developed exorhipidion (vs. with envelope and developed exorhipidion in S. haeckelii); neurocranium with a proportionately broader basal plate (vs. narrow basal plate in S. haeckelii, S. ugoi); other characters, although less conspicuous, also distinguishes these species: small and rounded snout, mean preoral length 5% TL (vs. mean 4.5% TL in S. haeckelii); moderately broad and depressed head with its length 19.7-20.8% TL (vs. 17.5-19.2% TL in S. haeckelii); first dorsal fin triangular, never subrectangular (vs. sometimes subrectangular in S. haeckelii); interdorsal space 2 times dorsal-caudal space (vs. 1.2-2 times in S. haeckelii, 2.1-2.5 in S. ugoi); ventral terminal 2 cartilage slender, positioned on ventral terminal cartilage, 1.5 times length of ventral terminal cartilage (vs. 1.8 times in S. haeckelii); components of clasper proportionately larger than in S. haeckelii; somewhat small sized adult males, about 39.3 cm TL, and adult females, at least 42.0 cm TL (vs. 44.5 cm and 50.0 cm TL, respectively, in S. ugoi) (Ref. .107325).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Scyliorhinus cabofriensis

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 Capuli, Estelita Emily
Modified by Bailly, Nicolas
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