Morphology Data of Atelomycterus erdmanni
Identification keys
Main Ref. Fahmi and W.T. White, 2015
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 oval
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales placoid scales

This medium-sized species (to at least 508 mm TL) is distinguished by the following set of characters: relatively short snout, 3.4-3.8% TL; head length 17.5-17.9% TL; precaudal length 76.6-79.1% TL; interdorsal space 13.4-13.7% TL; the distance between pectoral and pelvic fins and pelvic to anal fins about equal, ratio of pectoral-pelvic and pelvic-anal 1.01-1.02; anal-fin length to anal-fin base ratio 1.29; moderately falcate dorsal fins with posterior margins sloping anteroventrally from fin apices; strongly tricuspid denticles with an elongate medial cusp; claspers of adult males are relatively short, the outer length 9% TL, clasper base width 15.5% of clasper outer length, not stubby, not tapering from base to tip; clasper glans extend about half of clasper outer length; cover rhipidion is relatively narrow; rhipidion moderately large, partly concealed by cover rhipidion and exorhipidion; pseudosiphon about half length of cover rhipidion; the clasper tip is narrow and bluntly pointed; colour pattern with dark brown to black and white spots and blotches, and faint dark brown saddles; white spots are surrounded by 2-4 dark spots; dark spots are scattered along most of the ventral surface (less distinct in male); a distinct white stripe run through upper third of gill slits (Ref. 100516).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Atelomycterus erdmanni

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 )
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