Morphology Data of Saurida nebulosa
Identification keys
Main Ref. Myers, R.F., 1991
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 circular
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth

Saurida differs from all other lizardfishes by possessing several rows of villiform teeth extending outward onto the lips beyond the normal row of large canine, and 9 instead of 8 pelvic rays. The species is recognized by the large dark blotches below the dorsal fins (Ref. 48635).

Description: Characterized by greyish color; mottled with brown dorsally; visible teeth when mouth is closed; dorsal fin origin behind midpoint between snout and adipose fin; vertical from tip of pectoral equal with level of fourth to sixth predorsal scales; pectoral fins just reaching level of pelvic fin origin (Ref. 90102).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Saurida nebulosa

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 50 - 52
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 0 - 0
Soft-rays total 10 - 11
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total 0 - 0
Soft-rays total 9 - 10

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Spines     0
Soft-rays   11 - 13
Pelvics Attributes  
Soft-rays   9 - 9
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Garilao, Cristina V.
Modified by Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei
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