Morphology Data of Cirripectes hutchinsi
Identification keys
Main Ref. Williams, J.T., 1988
Appearance refers to
Bones in OsteoBase

Sex attributes

Specialized organs
Different appearance always different morphology between mature adults
Different colors

Descriptive characteristics of juvenile and adult

Striking features
Body shape lateral fusiform / normal
Cross section oval
Dorsal head profile more or less straight
Type of eyes more or less normal
Type of mouth/snout more or less normal
Position of mouth terminal
Type of scales

Diagnosis: Dorsal fin XII, 14, membrane attached to caudal fin, with deep notch above last spine, first spine almost same or slightly higher than second; anal fin II, 15; pectoral rays 15; pelvic fin I, 4; caudal fin procurrent rays 11-14. Vertebrae 10 + 20-21. LL, without scales and scalelike flaps; LL tubes 3-9 (usually 8-13), canal ends below posterior to 13h dorsal ray, usually on caudal-fin base. Upper lip crenulae 36-42. Gill rakers 23-29. Cephalic sensory pore system complex. Cirri, nuchal 35-42, nasal 8-93, supraorbital 12-29; 4 groups of nuchal cirri, each ventralmost group borne on slightly expanded nuchal flap. No pores at extra interorbital pore position. Geographic variation in color pattern exists in females; 2 color patterns in male may exist in the same geographic area; background color brown; yellow to orange iris (Ref. 529).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Cirripectes hutchinsi

Lateral Lines 1 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 0
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb
on upper limb
total 23 - 29
preanal 10 - 10
total 30 - 31


Dorsal fin(s)

Attributes extending over most of the back length
Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 12 - 13
Soft-rays total 13 - 14
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin

Attributes more or less truncate; more or less normal

Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 2 - 2
Soft-rays total 15 - 16

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  more or less normal
Spines     0
Soft-rays   14 - 16
Pelvics Attributes  more or less normal
Position    thoracic  before origin of D1
Spines     1
Soft-rays   4 - 4
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Capuli, Estelita Emily
Modified by Olisa, Kristine Elaine Paz
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