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Morphology Data of Sladenia zhui
Identification keys
Main Ref. Ni, Y., H.-L. Wu and S. Li, 2012
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 short and / or deep
Cross section compressed
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales

This species is distinguished from its congeners by the following characters: a wider snout (11.7-13.1% of SL; 29.2-34.6% of HL); dorsal spines 4, the 1st and 2nd close to the tip of snout, 3rd and 4th completely contained within loose fold of skin which connects these 2 spines to the soft dorsal fin; with blunt, sturdy cranial spines; uniform brown coloration, lacking vermiculations or contrasting pigment (Ref. 89623).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Sladenia zhui

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


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 4 - 4
Soft-rays total 9 - 10
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 0 - 0
Soft-rays total 6 - 7

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Spines     0
Soft-rays   18 - 19
Pelvics Attributes  
Spines     1
Soft-rays   5 - 5
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
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