Morphology Data of Pomatoschistus norvegicus
Identification keys
Main Ref. Muus, B.J. and J.G. Nielsen, 1999
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

Distinguished by the following characteristics: dark spot in rear end of first dorsal fin. Scales on the back of first dorsal fin, no scales on breast (Ref. 35388); fins: Dl VI, D2 1/8 - 9 (8: 1, 9:4), A 1/9, P 16 - 17 (16: 1,17: 4), C 15 principle rays (12 branched rays), V I/5+5/I; scales: abraded, breast naked (no scale pockets); narrow attachment of the branchiostegal membrane on the isthmus; lateral line system: anterior section of row i and supralabial section of row d in

single series; longitudinal suborbital row b anteriorly ending below anterior third to half

of eye; suborbital transversal rows c2 and c4 penetrating through longitudinal row d, last

row c passing row d; male specimen shows the characteristic colouration with a

black spot in the rear of Dl and 11 dark vertical striae on the sides, pigmented breast and

ventral disc (Ref. 86376).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Pomatoschistus norvegicus

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


Dorsal fin(s)

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

Caudal fin

Attributes more or less truncate; more or less normal

Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total
Soft-rays total

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  more or less normal
Soft-rays   16 - 18
Pelvics Attributes  more or less normal
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Sampang-Reyes, Arlene G.
Modified by Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei
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