Morphology Data of Coelorinchus asteroides
Identification keys
Main Ref. Chiou, M.-L., K.-T. Shao and T. Iwamoto, 2004
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
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth

Head about as wide as deep, depressed anteriorly; middle of length of head behind anterior border of pupil. Snout short and broadly protruding, with acute rostral spine; lateral margin strongly curved. Teeth in premaxillaries conical, not arrow-shaped, in 5 to 8 irregularly oblique series, forming a wide band as a whole, those of outer series evenly enlarged and widely spaced. Scales on body large, hexagonal, and rather deciduous; spinules stout and pungent, forming 4-11 divergent ridges, last spinule of each series more or less projecting beyond apical margin of scales. Scales on head coarser, less imbricated, and more adhesive than those on body; scales 7 or 8 in a longitudinal series on nasal crest, with spinous rows radiating in all directions from center of each scale, spinules never on ridges but independently rising from surface of scales. This median series of scales followed on each side by a single series of less-modified scales. Nasal fossa naked. No naked area on dorsal surface of snout, but a naked groove extending from base of rostral spine backward to interorbital space alongside median rostral series of scales. Underside of head, including mandibular regions and branchiostegal membranes, entirely naked. Vent immediately before anal fin and preceded by a luminous organ of short type (Ref. 54421).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Coelorinchus asteroides

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


Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total
Soft-rays total

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Spines     0
Soft-rays   18 - 20
Pelvics Attributes  
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Garilao, Cristina V.
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