Morphology Data of Ctenogobius lepturus
Identification keys
Main Ref. Harrison, I.J., P.J. Miller and F. Pezold, 2003
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 sub-terminal/inferior
Type of scales

Diagnosis: mouth subterminal and slightly oblique, angle of mouth reaching to below mideye; operculum and predorsal region of head without scales; 29-35 scales in longitudinal series on flanks (plus perhaps 1-2 scales on caudal fin base); 10-14 (mode 11) scales in rearward transverse series; 1st dorsal fin: VI; 2nd dorsal fin: I,10-11 (mode 11): anal fin: I,11-13 (mode 12); pectoral fins: 16-18 (mode 17); caudal fin lanceolate, with 16-17 segmented rays (13-14 of them branched) (Ref. 57403, 79590).

Coloration: Preserved specimens: marbled with brown on back and irregular cross bars on nape; thin dark suborbital bar extending anteroventrally from eye to angle of mouth; several vertical dark lines on cheeks; 5 distinct spots along midlateral line of body, last one located at base of caudal fin; irregular row of tiny spots above midline, scale pockets with dark margins forming reticulate pattern laterally; 1st dorsal fin with 4-5 black longitudinal bands consisting of fine spots; 2nd dorsal fin with approximately 2 bands of fine spots; pectoral and caudal fins with spots forming vertical bands; anal and pelvic fins dusky (Ref. 57403, 79590).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Ctenogobius lepturus

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line
Pored lateral line scales
Scales in lateral series 29 - 35
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


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number 2
Finlets No. Dorsal   0
Ventral  0
Spines total 7 - 7
Soft-rays total 10 - 11
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin

Attributes pointed; more or less normal

Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 1 - 1
Soft-rays total 11 - 13

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  more or less normal
Spines     0
Soft-rays   16 - 18
Pelvics Attributes  part of sucker-disc
Position    thoracic  before origin of D1
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Musschoot, Tobias
Modified by Musschoot, Tobias
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