Morphology Data of Priolepis psygmophilia
Identification keys
Main Ref. Hoese, D.F. and H.K. Larson, 2010
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
Type of scales

This species is distinguished by the following characters: interorbital trench absent, merely a slight depression between and behind eyes; incomplete squamation on predorsal, a naked triangular area behind eyes and interorbital area, and a naked bar extending forward from origin of first dorsal fin; in specimens below 20 mm SL midline usually naked, anterior extent of predorsal scales on sides of nape increasing with increasing size; no opercular scales; no scales on cheek; D2 modally I,11; A modally I,9; pectoral rays usually 19-20; reduced transverse pattern of sensory papillae on cheek; pelvic fins connected to form a plate, no interspinal membrane, fifth ray branched; each scale pocket with concentrated melanophores along margin forming a diamond-shaped mark; preserved specimens with vertical bands on head, often none on body; in life, 1-2 very faint vertical bars under first dorsal fin; mouth oblique, forming an angle of 35°-45° with body axis (Ref. 85603).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Priolepis psygmophilia

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 11 - 16
preanal 10 - 10
total 26 - 26


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number 2
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 7 - 7
Soft-rays total 11 - 11
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total
Soft-rays total

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Soft-rays   19 - 20
Pelvics Attributes  
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Capuli, Estelita Emily
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