Morphology Data of Neosebastes multisquamus
Identification keys
Main Ref. Motomura, H., 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 short and / or deep
Cross section
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales

Diagnosis: Underside of mandible with numerous tiny pores, no ridges. Preocular spine divided into 2 points, and flattened anteriorly and posteriorly. Two additional spines present between lacrimal and suborbital ridges. Upper opercular spine simple, tip pointed; midinterorbital space moderately deep, not covered with scales; interorbital ridge indistinct. Pored lateral-line scales 35; longitudinal scale rows 62; scale rows between last dorsal-fin spine origin and lateral line 6. Posterior margin of maxilla reaching a vertical at posterior margin of pupil. Pectoral fin long (2.9 in SL), extending beyond a vertical at origin of last dorsal-fin spine; membrane anterior to sixth dorsal-fin spine extending up to 42% of the spine length; first anal-fin spine 1.6 in third spine; second pelvic-fin soft ray 1.9 in HL. Bilobed portion of swimbladder less than one-third of total swimbladder length. There are no distinct small black spots on head or lateral line (Ref. 54394).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Neosebastes multisquamus

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line
Pored lateral line scales 35 - 35
Scales in lateral series
Scale rows above lateral line 6 - 6
Scale rows below lateral line
Scales around caudal peduncle
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb 8 - 8
on upper limb 1 - 1
total 9 - 9


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number 2
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 8 - 8
Soft-rays total 8 - 8
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 3 - 3
Soft-rays total 5 - 5

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Spines     0
Soft-rays   20 - 20
Pelvics Attributes  
Spines     1
Soft-rays   5 - 5
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Capuli, Estelita Emily
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