Morphology Data of Cymbacephalus beauforti
Identification keys
Main Ref. Myers, R.F., 1991
Appearance refers to Male; Female
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

Small juveniles all black, gradually changing to the blotched pattern of the adult (Ref. 48635). Rear edge of maxilla ends well in front of eye. Prominent pit present behind upper eye. Preopercular spines short, usually 2, subequal. Infraorbital ridge usually smooth over eye. Suborbital ridge largely smooth, bearing 2 spines below eye. Oblique scale rows slanting backward above lateral line more or less equals number of lateral-line scales. Dermal papillae (10-12 in adults) on upper eye, some simple, some branched, longest not reaching supraorbital ridge. Interopercular flap usually broader than long, with several subdivisions.

Description: Characterized by having 1-3 anterior lateral line scales with small weak spine; absence of preorbital spines; cirrose iris lappet (Ref. 90102).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Cymbacephalus beauforti

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line
Pored lateral line scales 50 - 55
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
total 5 - 6


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number 2
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 9 - 10
Soft-rays total 11 - 11
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total 0 - 0
Soft-rays total 11 - 11

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Spines     0
Soft-rays   19 - 21
Pelvics Attributes  
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Garilao, Cristina V.
Modified by Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei
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