Morphology Data of Lepidomeda copei
Identification keys
Main Ref. Page, L.M. and B.M. Burr, 2011
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 terminal
Type of scales

Lepidomeda copei can be diagnosed by the following characters: leatherlike in appearance due to its small scales (lateral line scales 68-85); black specks on silver blue back and sides; dorsal fin with 8 rays; anal fin with 8 rays; pharyngeal teeth 1,4-4,1 to 2,5-4,2; slender; barely compressed body; large eye; terminal mouth; and rounded snout. Breeding males possess red paired and anal-fin bases, lower love of caudal fin, and upper edge of gill cover (Ref. 86798).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Lepidomeda copei

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 68 - 85
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


Dorsal fin(s)

Attributes no striking attributes
Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total
Soft-rays total 8 - 8
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin

Attributes forked

Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total
Soft-rays total 8 - 8

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  more or less normal
Pelvics Attributes  more or less normal
Position    abdominal  before origin of D1
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Torres, Armi G.
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