Morphology Data of Cephaloscyllium cooki
Identification keys
Main Ref. Last, P.R., B. Séret and W.T. White, 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 elongated
Cross section
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales placoid scales

This small species has the following set of characters: relatively robust body, head height 10.5-14.2% TL, trunk width 17.1-21.7% TL; origin of first dorsal-fin over the centre or posterior half of pelvic-fin base; prenarial 4.9-5.5% TL in length; preorbital snout length 1.3-1.6 times the prenarial length, 2.5-3.1 in prepectoral length, 5.5-6.6 in prepelvic length; snout-vent length is short, 45.4-49.3% TL; wide nostrils, the width 3.0-3.4% TL; eye-spiracle space wide, 1.0-1.2% TL; small pectoral fin, height 9.4-10.2% TL, posterior margin 8.9-9.8% TL; anal fin low 2.8-3.4% TL; caudal peduncle long, anal-caudal space 6.3-6.9% TL; teeth mainly with 3 cusps near symphysis of upper jaw; mainly weakly tricuspidate are the flank denticles; back without greatly enlarged denticles; very long adult clasper, its outer length to at least 10% TL, almost reaching anal fin, interspace 0.9-1.0% TL; vertebral centra 101-106; tooth count low, 48-62 teeth in each jaw; 8 dark, white-edged saddles on the upper half of body, tail and caudal fin; under-surface mainly uniform greyish, with the snout darkest (Ref. 76946).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Cephaloscyllium cooki

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


Dorsal fin(s)

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

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total
Soft-rays total

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Pelvics Attributes  
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Capuli, Estelita Emily
Modified by Bailly, Nicolas
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