Morphology Data of Philypnodon macrostomus
Identification keys
Main Ref. Hoese, D.F. and S. Reader, 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 ctenoid scales

Can be diagnosed by having a wide gill opening, extending anteroventral to preoperculum, but not reaching to below eye, usually ending below posterior preopercular margin, sometimes as far forward as midway between posterior preopercular margin and eye; head papillae in transverse pattern; generally dark brown body, with darker brown mottling on sides, black stripes on 1st dorsal in adult males; jaws reaching to behind eye in mature males, variably developed in juvenile males and females, usually reaching below middle of eye to near end of eye; rounded to truncate tongue tip (Ref. 76772).

Description: longitudinal scale count 34-42; transverse scale count 9-11 (Ref. 76772).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Philypnodon macrostomus

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 31 - 32


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number 2
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 7 - 9
Soft-rays total 8 - 10
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin

Attributes more or less truncate

Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total 1 - 1
Soft-rays total 8 - 10

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Soft-rays   15 - 17
Pelvics Attributes  
Position    jugular  before origin of D1
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Torres, Armi G.
Modified by Reyes, Rodolfo B.
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