Morphology Data of Oxyurichthys chinensis
Identification keys
Main Ref. Pezold, P.L. and H.K. Larson, 2015
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 elongated
Cross section compressed
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales

This species is distinguished by the following characters: no tentacle on dorsoposterior surface of the eye; upper lip is constricted at premaxillary symphysis, less than half maximum lip width; in males, first dorsal-fin spines elongate, reaching back to middle of second dorsal fin; anterior nares with a low rim and not darkly pigmented; nape without membranous crest or ridge; without gular spots; scales on dorsum are narrowly outlined with black, without spots; along mid-side of pale body are 9 oval to rounded dusky spots, spots alternate in size between large and small; ctenoid scales laterally on trunk posterior to appoximately below midpoint of second dorsal fin, cycloid anteriorly; naked prepelvic region; lateral scales 41-46; pectoral-fin rays 21-23; males with pelvic fins dusky while whitish in females (Ref. 103856).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Oxyurichthys chinensis

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 41 - 46
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 7 - 7
Soft-rays total 12 - 12
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 1 - 1
Soft-rays total 13 - 13

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Spines     0
Soft-rays   21 - 23
Pelvics Attributes  
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Capuli, Estelita Emily
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