Morphology Data of Coryphopterus tortugae
Identification keys
Main Ref. Victor, B.C., 2008
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
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales

This species is distinguished by the following set of characters: modal D VI, I,9; A I,9; pectoral fin rays 19; longitudinal scale series 26-27; pelvic fins are fully joined medially by a membrane, innermost rays branched and about equal in length to the next ray and a distinct frenum between the two pelvic fin spines; a prominent, dark, upward-pointed triangle-marking on the stripe behind the eye, collection of small melanophores on the lower third of the pectoral fin base absent; bar of melanophores from the eyeball at 8 o’clock to the mid-maxillary absent; 2 or 3 discrete spots along the dorsal midline on the top of the head between the interorbital and dorsal fin; usually an incomplete upper eye-stripe; and a basicaudal marking that is typically a simple vertical bar (Ref. 75186).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Coryphopterus tortugae

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 2
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 7 - 7
Soft-rays total 9 - 9
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total 1 - 1
Soft-rays total 9 - 9

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Soft-rays   19 - 19
Pelvics Attributes  
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Capuli, Estelita Emily
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