Morphology Data of Barbulifer enigmaticus
Identification keys
Main Ref. Joyeux, J.-C., J.L. Van Tassel and R.M. Macieira, 2009
Appearance refers to
Bones in OsteoBase

Sex attributes

Specialized organs
Different appearance
Different colors
Remarks Males with a triangular, wide, flattened urogenital papilla. Females with a large papilla, slightly tapering (i.e. almost straight from base to top), not flattened, widely open at its top. The rim of the opening crenate and with numerous melanophores. Individuals of indeterminate sex, probably juveniles, with urogenital papilla similar to that of males but shorter, less flattened and rounder at top (Ref. 80455).

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
Type of scales

No scale anywhere on body; no basicaudal scales. A single short barbel on each side of head between the eye and upper jaw, directly below anterior nostril. A single median pair of short barbels on chin. No median barbel on snout. Cephalic head pores B'FH' + M'O' in small individuals, B'FH' + M'NO' in adults. D1 VII, D2 13(12-13), A 11(10-11), P 19(18-20).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Barbulifer enigmaticus

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 11
total 27


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number 2
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 7
Soft-rays total 12 - 13
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total
Soft-rays total 10 - 11

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Soft-rays   18 - 20
Pelvics Attributes  
Spines     1
Soft-rays   5
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Busson, Frédéric
Modified by Reyes, Rodolfo B.
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