Morphology Data of Kaupichthys atronasus
Identification keys
Main Ref. Myers, R.F., 1991
Appearance refers to
Bones in OsteoBase

Sex attributes

Specialized organs
Different appearance
Different colors

Descriptive characteristics of juvenile and adult

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

Description: Characterized by its mottled light and dark brown color with blackish snout tip; dark area around eye; broad pale band (with brown irregular patches dorsally) on head behind the eye; dorsal fin with dark speckling; dorsal fin behind gill opening; greatest body depth 27-31 in TL; snout to dorsal-fin origin 6.6-7.2 in TL; snout to anus about 3.2-3.4 in TL; HL 7.5-7.7 in TL; snout length 4.4-4.5 in HL; depressed snout about as broad as long; large eye over posterior part of gape, about 1.8-2.0 in snout length; projecting upper jaw; upper and lower jaws with small, multiserial conical teeth; vomerine teeth in two widely separated rows (Ref. 90102).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Kaupichthys atronasus

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
total 107 - 112


Dorsal fin(s)

Attributes continuous with caudal fin
Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total
Soft-rays total
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin

Attributes pointed; confluent

Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total
Soft-rays total

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  more or less normal
Spines     0
Soft-rays   10 - 11
Pelvics Attributes  
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Reyes, Rodolfo B.
Modified by Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei
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