Morphology Data of Paraliparis macrocephalus
Identification keys
Main Ref. Chernova, N.V. and J.T. Eastman, 2001
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
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales

Vertebrae 56, dorsal 49, pectorals 20, caudal 9; pectoral radials 3. Head large, 28% SL, preanal 38% SL. Eye 20% HL. Interorbital wide, 61% HL. Snout very large, in lateral view twice eye diameter, well developed subdermal gelatinous layer. Nostril large, tubular. Mouth horizontal, subterminal. Teeth simple. Cephalic pores large. Symphyseal pores not closely set. Gill opening reaching in front of pectoral ray 2-3. Body pale (pink in life), greyish postabdominally. Peritoneum and gill cavity black, stomach pale (Ref. 39425).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Paraliparis macrocephalus

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 7 - 7
total 56 - 56


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   0 - 0
Ventral  0 - 0
Spines total 0 - 0
Soft-rays total 49 - 49
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin

Attributes more or less truncate; confluent

Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 0 - 0
Soft-rays total 43 - 43

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Spines     0
Soft-rays   20 - 20
Pelvics Attributes  
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Garilao, Cristina V.
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