Morphology Data of Paramonacanthus otisensis
Identification keys
Main Ref. Kuiter, R.H., 1993
Appearance refers to Male; Female
Bones in OsteoBase

Sex attributes

Specialized organs
Different appearance
Different colors
Remarks Elevated anterior portions of the soft dorsal and anal fins. Second dorsalmost and several middle rays elongate and filamentous.

Descriptive characteristics of juvenile and adult

Striking features striking shape of body
Body shape lateral short and / or deep
Cross section compressed
Dorsal head profile more or less straight
Type of eyes more or less normal
Type of mouth/snout more or less normal
Position of mouth terminal
Type of scales ctenoid scales

Body width 2.0-2.5 in head length; body depth 1.9-3.1 in SL; head length 2.8-3.3 in SL; snout length 3.6-4.9 in SL; eye diameter 2.7-4.5 in head length (Ref. 33065). Adult caudal fin with moderately long filaments on upper and middle rays (Ref. 9002). Pelvic fin rudiment movable, small; pelvic flap moderately extendable (Ref. 9002). Pale grey or yellow to brown with variable dark markings (Ref. 9002).

Ease of Identification likely to be confused with closely related species.

Meristic characteristics of Paramonacanthus otisensis

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
total 16 - 20
total 19 - 19


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number 2
Finlets No. Dorsal   0 - 0
Ventral  0 - 0
Spines total 2 - 2
Soft-rays total 24 - 30
Adipose fin

Caudal fin

Attributes other (see remark)

Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 0 - 0
Soft-rays total 24 - 30

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  more or less normal
Spines     0
Soft-rays   11 - 14
Pelvics Attributes  aberrant
Position    thoracic  behind origin of D1
Spines     1
Soft-rays   0 - 0
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Garilao, Cristina V.
Modified by Froese, Rainer
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