Morphology Data of Saccogaster brayae
Identification keys
Main Ref. Nielsen, J.G., W. Schwarzhans and D.M. Cohen, 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 elongated
Cross section oval
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth

This species is distinguished from its congeners in having a broken brown stripe between eye and hind margin of opercle (except for S. hawaii), vertebrae, precaudal 21 and total 53; mature at a very small SL (3.6 cm); also with a pair of free spines on frontal above and behind eyes, a large median sub-dermal ethmoidal spine in front of eyes with forward pointed tip; lower angle of preopercle with antero-ventrally directed spine; skin thin and transparent; scales present on sides of body; anterior arch with 3 long gill rakers, 4-5 times the length of gill filaments; 1-2 rows of palatine teeth; pectoral peduncle longer than high; fin rays, D 85, A 52 and pectoral 18; otolith length to height 9; otolith length to colliculum length 3.1; sulcus without anterior projection (Ref. 93007).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Saccogaster brayae

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
preanal 21 - 21
total 53 - 53


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total
Soft-rays total 80 - 85
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total
Soft-rays total 52 - 52

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Soft-rays   18 - 18
Pelvics Attributes  
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Capuli, Estelita Emily
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