Morphology Data of Lethenteron reissneri
Identification keys
Main Ref. Wang, S. (ed.), 1998
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 eel-like
Cross section
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout sucker-like
Position of mouth
Type of scales

Body dark brown on back and white on belly; 7 external gill openings behind eyes; single nostril opening in front of both eyes; myotomes from last gill aperture to origin of anal fin 58-64 (Ref. 45563). Diagnostic features of adults: 11.1-20.2 cm TL. Body proportions, as percentage of TL (based on 19 specimens measuring 11.6-17.2 cm TL): prebranchial length, 10.3-12.3; branchial length, 9.5-13.3; trunk length, 46.0-54.2; tail length, 25.0-31.6; eye length, 1.2-2.4; disc length, 4.7-6.4. Urogenital papilla length, as a percentage of branchial length, in three spawning males measuring 14.3-15.4 cm TL, 16.4-67.8 (based on 21 spawning males 11.1-15.4 cm TL). Trunk myomeres, 57-65. Dentition: supraoral lamina, 2 unicuspid teeth; infraoral lamina, 6-11 unicuspid teeth; 3 endolaterals on each side; endolateral formula, typically 2-2-2; 1-2 rows of anterials; first row of anterials, 4-5 unicuspid teeth; total number of anterials, 38-44 unicuspid teeth; usually one exolateral present on one or both sides, exceptionally, one complete row of exolaterals on each side; single row of posterials consisting of 19-27 unicuspid teeth; transverse lingual lamina, 13 unicuspid teeth, the median one greatly enlarged; longitudinal lingual laminae each with 7-8 unicuspid teeth. Velar tentacles, 7, with tubercles, the median tentacle shorter than the lateral ones immediately next to it. Lateral line neuromasts unpigmented. Gular region unpigmented. Second dorsal fin unpigmented. Extent of caudal fin pigmentation, 1% to <25% (33%) or, 75% or more (67%). Caudal fin shape, spade-like (Ref. 89241).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Lethenteron reissneri

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
Soft-rays total
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total
Soft-rays total

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Pelvics Attributes  
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
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