Morphology Data of Bryaninops discus
Identification keys
Main Ref. Suzuki, T., S.V. Bogorodsky and J.E. Randall, 2012
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

Dorsal-fin rays I,8; anal-fin rays I,9; pectoral-fin rays 14–15, some rays branched; scales on body reaching forward to or nearly to above base of pectoral fins, the longitudinal scale series 34–52, transverse scale rows 10–13; body very slender, the depth at anus 11–13% SL; head length 28–30% SL; head width slightly greater than head depth; head depth 43.5–50% head length; snout length 29–31% head length; jaws same length or lower jaw slightly protruding; lower jaw rounded in ventral view; gill opening wide, extending forward to below posterior edge of orbit; posterior interorbital pore (D) present; curved canine tooth at middle of side of lower jaw; pelvic fins flat and dish-like in adults (cup-like in 13.6-mm paratype); pelvic frenum with anteriorly-facing pocket; caudal fin truncate to rounded; numerous dark brown dots only on ventral half of body posterior to abdomen in preserved specimens; dorsal half of body transparent in life with seven saddle-like, pink and black bars (including one on nape), lower half of body pink, suffused with some yellow, and densely blotched and dotted with black. A small species, the holotype largest, 19.4 mm SL (Ref. 89154).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Bryaninops discus

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
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 Busson, Frédéric
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