Morphology Data of Taenioides purpurascens
Identification keys
Main Ref. Murdy, E.O., 2018
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
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: low number of total dorsal-fin elements, 41?44 (mean = 43.3) and anal-fin elements, 34?38 (mean = 36.3); with a short body, head length (HL)/SL 0.169?0.182 (mean = 0.175), preanal length (Preanal)/SL 0.391?0.449 (mean = 0.421), and body depth (BD)/SL 0.062?0.098 (mean = 0.082); barbels on ventral surface of head in a 2-4-2 pattern (Ref. 120675).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Taenioides purpurascens

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 27 - 27


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number 2
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 6 - 6
Soft-rays total 35 - 38
Adipose fin

Caudal fin

Attributes more or less truncate

Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total
Soft-rays total 34 - 38

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Soft-rays   16 - 17
Pelvics Attributes  
Spines     1
Soft-rays   5 - 5
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
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