Morphology Data of Trimma gigantum
Identification keys
Main Ref. Winterbottom, R. and M. Zur, 2007
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 fusiform / normal
Cross section compressed
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales

This species is a member of the T. tevegae species complex (sensu Winterbottom 2005) with a broad interorbital space and a greatly expanded first haemal arch. It is further characterized by 15-18 predorsal scales; the second and third dorsal spines elongate; a fleshy, longitudinal ridge in the interorbital midline; absence of postorbital trenches; scales covering the cheek and opercle; the fifth pelvic fin ray usually branched dichotomously once; a pattern of six dark saddles across the dorsum on a pale yellow background; and, large adult size (to about 30 mm SL) (Ref. 59339).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Trimma gigantum

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 23 - 25
Pored lateral line scales
Scales in lateral series
Scale rows above lateral line
Scale rows below lateral line
Scales around caudal peduncle 12 - 12
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb 16 - 20
on upper limb 4 - 6
total 21 - 24


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number 2
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 7 - 7
Soft-rays total 8 - 9
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 1 - 1
Soft-rays total 7 - 9

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Spines     0
Soft-rays   15 - 16
Pelvics Attributes  
Spines     1
Soft-rays   5 - 5
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Capuli, Estelita Emily
Modified by Reyes, Rodolfo B.
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