Morphology Data of Squalus margaretsmithae
Identification keys
Main Ref. Viana, S.T. d. F.L., M.W. Lisher and M.R. de Carvalho, 2017
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 angular
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales placoid scales

This species is distinguished from its regional congeners (except S. acutipinnis) by having broad pectoral fins that transcend trunk height when adpressed on body, with length of pectoral fin anterior margin 16.5%, 15.9-17.9% TL; differs from S. chloroculus, S. edmundsi, S. lalannei, S. mitsukurii, S. montalbani, S. nasutus by having a smaller snout with prenarial length shorter than distance from nostril to upper labial furrow, and unicuspid and lanceolate dermal denticles (vs. prenarial length greater than distance from nostril to upper labial furrow, and tricuspid and rhomboid dermal denticles); differs from S. megalops, S. brevirostris by having postventral caudal margins that are not uniformly white (vs. postventral caudal margins uniformly white in megalops, brevirostris). differs from S. mahia by having dermal denticles that are wide at the crown (vs. dermal denticles slender at crown in megalops, mahia); differs from S. brevirostris, S. crassispinus by having a shorter dorsal-caudal space, 11.2%, 10.8-12.2% TL (vs. 10.1-10.6% for brevirostris and 9.9-10.0% TL for crassispinus), and from S. mahia, S. crassispinus by the prespiracular length 11.5% TL, 11.7-12.3% TL (vs. 12.4%, 12.4-13.9% TL for mahia and 12.5-12.7% TL for crassispinus); further differs from S. crassispinus by its shorter preorbital length, 6.5%, 6.4-7.0% TL (vs. 7.3-7.4% TL), its larger pectoral fins with pectoral fin inner margin length 9.7%, 9.2-10.6% TL (vs. 8.6% TL), its pectoral fin posterior margin length 11.3%, 11.8-14.5% TL (vs. 9.0-9.4% TL), greater pre-first dorsal fin length, 28.2%, 28.1-32.2% TL (vs. 26.7-27.4% TL), its wider mouth, its widhe 7.6%, 7.8-9.0% TL (vs. 7.4% TL), and shorter pelvic-caudal distance, 25.1%, 24.9-27.2% TL (vs. 27.9-28.1% TL); differs from S. acutipinnis by having a first dorsal fin somewhat upright and rounded at apex, its posterior margin concave at its midline (vs. fin prone and pointed at apex, its posterior margin straight throughout in), caudal fork between lobes discontinuous (vs. continuous), dermal denticles with length greater than width and symmetrical lateral expansions (vs. dermal denticles somewhat equal in length and width, and asymmetrical lateral expansions), its upper teeth narrow, lower teeth depressed, cusp very short and somewhat oblique, straight mesial cutting edge, rounded mesial heel, and apron very short in both jaws (vs. upper teeth broad, lower teeth tall, cusp elongate and directed upward, concave mesial cutting edge, constricted mesial heel, and apron shorter only in upper teeth) (Ref. 116247).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Squalus margaretsmithae

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
preanal 80 - 85
total 107 - 115


Dorsal fin(s)

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

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total
Soft-rays total

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Pelvics Attributes  
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Capuli, Estelita Emily
Modified by Capuli, Estelita Emily
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