Morphology Data of Scorpaenopsis neglecta
Identification keys
Main Ref. Randall, J.E and W.N. Eschmeyer, 2001
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

Supraorbital ridge serrate. Pterotic, lower posttemporal, and second suborbital spines replaced by serrate ridges. Nuchal spine with 1 or 2 supplemental spines. Anterior ridge of lacrimal serrate. Orbit diameter 1.70-1.95 in snout length (Ref 42181).

Description: Characterized by variable coloration, often blending well with surrounding substrate; small black spots on axil of pectoral fin, inner surface without spots , but first 6-10 rays with black submarginal band across; double upper opercular spine; not giving humpback appearance; snout 3.1-3.5 in head length; occipital and suborbital pits moderately deep; depth of body 2.2-2.5 in SL (Ref. 90102).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Scorpaenopsis neglecta

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 20 - 22
Pored lateral line scales
Scales in lateral series 42 - 45
Scale rows above lateral line
Scale rows below lateral line
Scales around caudal peduncle
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb 8 - 10
on upper limb 4 - 5
total 12 - 15


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 12 - 12
Soft-rays total 9 - 9
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 3 - 3
Soft-rays total 5 - 5

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Soft-rays   16 - 18
Pelvics Attributes  
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Yap, Sheryl
Modified by Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei
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