Morphology Data of Lepophidium crossotum
Identification keys
Main Ref. Robins, C.R., R.H. Robins and M.E. Brown, 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 eel-like
Cross section compressed
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales

This species is characterized by the following: fringed snout; differs from L. kallion and L. wileyi by fewer total vertebrae (67-69 vs. 71-75 and 70-75, respectively) and lateral line length in SL (87.8% vs. 88.8% and 91.5%, respectively); differs from L. kallion in the number of dorsal rays (117-125 vs. 129-137) and anal rays (99-106 vs. 108-114), average post orbital length in HL (48.6% vs. 56%), average orbit diameter in HL (30.9% vs. 25.4%), average body depth at occiput in SL (10.7% vs. 13.3%), at origin of dorsal fin (11.5% vs. 14.5%), at origin of anal fin (10.1% vs. 11.9%), average predorsal distance in SL (22.1% vs. 23.9%), average preanal distance in SL (35.6% vs. 39.6%); head and body color is pale brown and without pattern (Ref. 91765).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Lepophidium crossotum

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
total 9 - 11
preanal 13 - 14
total 68 - 69


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total
Soft-rays total 117 - 125
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total
Soft-rays total 99 - 106

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Soft-rays   19 - 22
Pelvics Attributes  
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
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