Morphology Data of Melamphaes falsidicus
Identification keys
Main Ref. Kotlyar, A.N., 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 fusiform / normal
Cross section
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales

The species is characterized by the following: rakers on the first gill arch 21-23; abdominal vertebrae 11, total vertebrae 29, haemal arch of the first caudal vertebra with 2 ventrolateral oriented spurs; D III 15-16; P 14-155; seven soft rays in the ventral fin; ventral fin starts under the vertical line of the posterior margin of the pectoral fin basement or from this vertical line); anal fin starts under the last ray of the dorsal fin (Ref. 87970).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Melamphaes falsidicus

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
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb
on upper limb
preanal 11 - 11
total 29 - 29


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 3 - 3
Soft-rays total 15 - 16
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 1 - 1
Soft-rays total 7 - 8

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Soft-rays   14 - 15
Pelvics Attributes  
Spines     5
Soft-rays   17 - 17
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
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