Morphology Data of Protammodytes ventrolineatus
Identification keys
Main Ref. Randall, J.E. and H. Ida, 2014
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
Cross section oval
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 36; A 16; pectoral-fin rays 17; pelvic fin rays 5; lateral-line scales 86; no gap in subocular sensory canal; gill rakers 3 + 21; vertebrae 53; body depth at dorsal-fin origin 10.9 in SL: head length 3.75 in SL; eye large, 4.15 in HL; large mouth slightly oblique, the upper-jaw length 3.05 in HL; lower jaw projecting, the tip narrowly rounded; teeth in jaws absent; pelvic fins present, 3.75 in HL; colour when fresh is bluish gray dorsally on body to one scale row below bluish white lateral line, the scale edges are black, with a broad bluish white zone on side of body, ending ventrally in an indistinct stripe of brown blotches beginning at base of pectoral fin, becoming blackish posteriorly, and ending ventrally on caudal peduncle and base of caudal fin, the body below stripe is light gray, the snout reddish gray, the iris is pale yellowish, dorsal fin whitish, caudal fin reddish on basal half, except for a rectangular white bar at base, whitish distally; colour when preserved: body yellowish brown dorsally, the scales narrowly rimmed in black; a broad light purplish gray zone on side of body, abruptly pale tan ventrally below level of lower edge of pectoral-fin base, a series of 22 oblique black lines on each side of abdomen, and 3 longitudinal black lines midventrally; fins pale yellowish (Ref. 97535).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Protammodytes ventrolineatus

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 86 - 86
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 21 - 21
on upper limb 3 - 3
total 24 - 24
preanal 29 - 29
total 53 - 53


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total
Soft-rays total 36 - 36
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total
Soft-rays total 16 - 16

Paired fins

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