Morphology Data of Strongylura senegalensis
Identification keys
Main Ref. Paugy, D., 2003
Appearance refers to
Bones in OsteoBase

Sex attributes

Specialized organs
Different appearance
Different colors

Descriptive characteristics of juvenile and adult

Striking features striking type of mouth
Body shape lateral elongated
Cross section circular
Dorsal head profile more or less straight
Type of eyes more or less normal
Type of mouth/snout other (see Diagnosis)
Position of mouth terminal
Type of scales

Diagnosis: body elongate; upper and lower jaws extremely long, forming a stout beak armed with strong teeth; nostrils in depression before eyes (nasal pit); gill rakers absent; pelvic fins abdominal; 13-16 dorsal-fin rays; no lateral keel on caudal peduncle; caudal fin emarginated (Ref. 57228).

Description: anterior dorsal- and anal-fin rays forming prominent lobes; 113-137 predorsal scales (Ref. 57228).

Coloration: back bluish-green, belly silvery; fine blue line can be seen along sides (Ref. 57228).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Strongylura senegalensis

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
Barbels 0
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb 0 - 0
on upper limb 0 - 0
total 0 - 0


Dorsal fin(s)

Attributes no striking attributes
Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 0 - 0
Soft-rays total 13 - 16
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin

Attributes more or less truncate; more or less normal

Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 0 - 0
Soft-rays total 14 - 18

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  more or less normal
Spines     0
Soft-rays   10 - 12
Pelvics Attributes  more or less normal
Position    abdominal  before origin of D1
Spines     0
Soft-rays   6 - 6
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Geelhand, Dimitri
Modified by Geelhand, Dimitri
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