Morphology Data of Neenchelys parvipectoralis
Identification keys
Main Ref. Ho, H.-C., J.E. McCosker and D.G. Smith, 2013
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 eel-like
Cross section oval
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales

This species is distinguished by the following characters: body stout and cylindrical, depth at gill openings 23-29 times in TL, 1.7-3 in HL; minute pectoral fin, a small transparent flap; dorsal-fin origin at anterior trunk region, 0.5-0.7 in HL, behind gill opening, predorsal length 5.7-6.4 in TL; head length 8.8-9.9 in TL; tail 1.6-1.8 in T; lower rim of anterior nostril with a slender pointed appendage; MVF 20-55-143; single median temporal and interorbital; pores; supraorbital pores 1 + 4; infraorbital pores 5 + 1 (2 pores between anterior and posterior nostrils); mandibular pores 6 or 7 (mainly 6); preopercular pores 1 or 2 (mainly 1); supratemporal pores 3; cephalic lateral line pores 12-14; predorsal pores 19-24; preanal pores 53-59; colour when fresh uniformly pinkish yellow, when preserved creamy white; posterior margins of median fins blackish (Ref. 96531).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Neenchelys parvipectoralis

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 53 - 57
total 138 - 148


Dorsal fin(s)

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

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total
Soft-rays total

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Pelvics Attributes  
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Capuli, Estelita Emily
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