Morphology Data of Phalloceros ocellatus
Identification keys
Main Ref. Lucinda, P.H.F., 2008
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

Distinguished from all other species of the genus Phalloceros, except

Phalloceros leticiae and Phalloceros mikrommatos by the roundish to rounded and well-defined ocellated lateral spot. Differs from Phalloceros leticiae by the postorbital length in females 24.8-39.3 % SL (vs. 39.2-42.2 % SL) and in males 29.3-38.2 %

SL (vs. 36.7-42.3 % SL); and from Phalloceros mikrommatos by the number of

anal-fin rays in females 10 (vs. 11) (Ref. 76852).

Description: Pectoral fin with 5-7 branched rays; longitudinal series of scales 27-29; transverse series of scales 7 (Ref. 76852).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Phalloceros ocellatus

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 16 - 16
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb
on upper limb
total 31 - 32


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total
Soft-rays total 7 - 8
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin

Attributes more or less truncate

Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total
Soft-rays total 9 - 10

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Pelvics Attributes  
Position    behind origin of D1
Soft-rays   5 - 5
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Torres, Armi G.
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