Morphology Data of Xenaploactis cautes
Identification keys
Main Ref. Poss, S.G. and W.N. Eschmeyer, 1980
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
Cross section
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales

Body densely covered with modified scales which form spinous points; depth less than 1/3 SL.. Lachrymal with 3 strong sharp spines, the first of moderate size , points mostly forward, continuous with ridge at base of larger 2nd spine (about equal in length to 3rd), directed downward, slightly curved; 3rd spine points mostly back. Second infraorbital bone with 2 spines, 1 above other, with obscure circular lateral line pore. Interorbit with nearly parallel ridges, stronger posteriorly (Ref. 35984, 39602).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Xenaploactis cautes

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 9 - 10
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 6 - 8
on upper limb 3 - 4
total 10 - 12
total 27 - 28


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 14 - 14
Soft-rays total 8 - 9
Adipose fin

Caudal fin

Attributes more or less truncate; more or less normal

Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 1 - 1
Soft-rays total 10 - 10

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  more or less normal
Spines     0
Soft-rays   14 - 14
Pelvics Attributes  more or less normal
Position    thoracic  behind origin of D1
Spines     1
Soft-rays   3 - 3
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Capuli, Estelita Emily
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