Morphology Data of Halidesmus scapularis
Identification keys
Abnormalities
Main Ref. Winterbottom, R., 1986
Appearance refers to
Bones in OsteoBase

Sex attributes

Specialized organs
Different appearance
Different colors
Remarks

Descriptive characteristics of juvenile and adult

Striking features
Body shape lateral eel-like
Cross section circular
Dorsal head profile clearly convex
Type of eyes more or less normal
Type of mouth/snout more or less normal
Position of mouth terminal
Type of scales
Diagnosis

Light to dark brown with color, sometimes with dusky crossbars (Ref. 4395). Middle lateral line joining with the dorsal lateral line just above the pectoral fin base; midline of parietal canal with a single pore; dark spot above pectoral fin (Ref. 531). Pelvic fin rarely absent; dorsal and anal fin membranes united only basally to caudal fin (Ref. 49841).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Halidesmus scapularis

Lateral Lines 3 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 6 - 6
on upper limb 2 - 3
total
Vertebrae
preanal
total 66 - 69

Fins

Dorsal fin(s)

Attributes extending over most of the back length
Fins number 2
Finlets No. Dorsal   0 - 0
Ventral  0 - 0
Spines total 1 - 1
Soft-rays total 58 - 63
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin

Attributes more or less truncate

Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 0 - 0
Soft-rays total 48 - 52

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  more or less normal
Spines     0
Soft-rays   8 - 10
Pelvics Attributes  more or less normal
Position    thoracic  before origin of D1
Spines     1
Soft-rays   2 - 3
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Capuli, Estelita Emily
Modified by Garilao, Cristina V.
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