Morphology Data of Akheilos suwartanai
Identification keys
Main Ref. White, W.T., Fahmi and S. Weigmann, 2019
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 oval
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales

This moderately small scyliorhinid catshark is distinguished by the following set of characters: a moderately long precaudal tail region (tail much longer than trunk); dorsal fins are of similar size and shape; snout short and narrowly parabolic; eyes are large and narrowly oval (length 5.0 times in head length), broad suborbital grooves; nostrils are oblique with triangular anterior nasal flaps not reaching to mouth and distinct but low posterior nasal flaps; mouth is broadly rounded, its width 1.2 times preoral length; upper and lower labial furrows are well developed, uppers not reaching midpoint between mouth corner and posterior margin of nostril; jaws with ~60 upper and ~53 lower tooth rows, teeth are mostly multicuspid, posterolaterals not strongly differentiated from anterolaterals; caudal fin ventral lobe is low but distinct; claspers long and slender, glans elongate, long and low envelope present, cover rhipidion small without an anterior fold or tab, pseudosiphon small and slit-like; with supraorbital crests on cranium; precaudal vertebral centra 96, total centra ~137. Colouration: pale brown with numerous rusty brown spots, small brown spots forming two indistinct saddles on dorsal surface of predorsal body, broken ocellus-like marking on side behind pectoral fins and under each dorsal fin (Ref. 120897).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Akheilos suwartanai

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
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