Morphology Data of Tomiyamichthys emilyae
Identification keys
Main Ref. Allen, G.R., M.V. Erdmann and I.V. Utama, 2019
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
Cross section compressed
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales

This species is distinguished by the following characters: first dorsal fin enlarged and sail-like, no filamentous rays; dorsal fin bases are confluent; segmented dorsal-fin and anal-fin rays 10; pectoral-fin rays 15-17; caudal fin ovate, longer than head length, 2.5-3.0 in SL; gill opening extending forward to the level of middle of opercle; anterior nostril is sheathed in elongate, partially enclosed tube; scales are entirely cycloid, lateral scales 66-72, transverse scales 19-21; cephalic sensory-canal system including pores B’, C, D, E, F, G, M’, and O’. Body colour overall is brown with 10 or 11 poorly contrasted, darker-brown bars on lateral body; a dense patch of small white spots on dorsal surface of head; first dorsal fin orange or blue-grey with a mosaic of irregular, dark brown markings, while second dorsal fin is yellowish to brown with blue bands or rows of dark brown spots; anal, caudal, and pelvic fins dark brown with blue streaks (Ref. 121269).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Tomiyamichthys emilyae

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 66 - 72
Pored lateral line scales
Scales in lateral series
Scale rows above lateral line
Scale rows below lateral line
Scales around caudal peduncle 23 - 32
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb 6 - 6
on upper limb 1 - 1
total 7 - 7
total 26 - 26


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number 2
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 7 - 7
Soft-rays total 10 - 10
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 1 - 1
Soft-rays total 10 - 10

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Spines     0
Soft-rays   15 - 17
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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