Morphology Data of Etmopterus marshae
Identification keys
Abnormalities
Main Ref. Ebert, D.A. and K.E. Van Heels, 2018
Appearance refers to
Bones in OsteoBase

Sex attributes

Specialized organs
Different appearance
Different colors
Remarks

Descriptive characteristics of juvenile and adult

Striking features
Body shape lateral elongated
Cross section oval
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales
Diagnosis

This species is a relatively small, slender, linear-denticled Etmopterus which can be distinguished from its closest congeners within the E. lucifer clade by the following set of characters: length of its luminescent lateral flank marking branches being relatively equal in length (anterior and posterior flank branches about equal in length); differs from the other species with relatively equal branch lengths (E. burgessi, E. evansi, E. pycnolepis) by having a whitish cheek blotch, purplish lateral body colouration sharply becoming black below line between pectoral and pelvic fins, its distinct pattern of paired dashes along the upper body and between pectoral and pelvic fins and the dark and light banding pattern on its caudal fin, and the central and upper caudal marking lengths distinctly different from the other 3 closely related species (Ref. 119149).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Etmopterus marshae

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
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb
on upper limb
total
Vertebrae
preanal
total

Fins

Dorsal fin(s)

Attributes
Fins number
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Ventral  
Spines total
Soft-rays total
Adipose fin

Caudal fin

Attributes

Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total
Soft-rays total

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Spines     
Soft-rays   
Pelvics Attributes  
Position    
Spines     
Soft-rays   
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Capuli, Estelita Emily
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