Morphology Data of Odontanthias wassi
Identification keys
Main Ref. Randall, J.E. and P.C. Heemstra, 2006
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 fusiform / normal
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 characters: D X,16; A III, 7; pectoral rays 17; lateral-line scales 42; gill rakers 14 + 31; body depth 2.35 in SL; head length (HL) 2.75 in SL; large eye, orbit diameter 3.15 in HL; at angle of preopercle a spine extending about half distance to margin of subopercle; arrowhead-shaped vomerine tooth patch; mesopterygoids with a patch of villiform teeth; dorsally on snout are small scales nearly reaching base of upper lip; anteriorly mandible scaled nearly to second mandibular pore; elongate third dorsal spine, 1.55 in HL; dorsal fin with no rays produced as filaments; third anal spine slightly longer than second, 1.95 HL; deeply emarginate caudal fin, the lobes tapering little and not pointed, fin length 2.55 in SL; pectoral fins 1.15 in HL, 3.2 in SL; pelvic fins are reaching base of third anal spine, 3.05 in SL; body color when fresh deep pink dorsally, paler ventrally, with a large yellow area on body above pectoral fin except large faint dusky patches below dorsal fin; head crossed by 4 faint yellow stripes; dorsal fin is mainly yellow basally, pink distally; caudal fin pink, a broad yellow band in each lobe, confluent basally in fin (Ref. 57080).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Odontanthias wassi

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 42 - 42
Pored lateral line scales
Scales in lateral series
Scale rows above lateral line 2 - 2
Scale rows below lateral line 21 - 21
Scales around caudal peduncle 21 - 21
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb 31 - 31
on upper limb 14 - 14
total 45 - 45
preanal 10 - 10
total 26 - 26


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 10 - 10
Soft-rays total 16 - 16
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 3 - 3
Soft-rays total 7 - 7

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Spines     0
Soft-rays   17 - 17
Pelvics Attributes  
Spines     1
Soft-rays   5 - 5
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Capuli, Estelita Emily
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