Morphology Data of Carapus sluiteri
Identification keys
Main Ref. Nielsen, J.G., D.M. Cohen, D.F. Markle and C.R. Robins, 1999
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 oval
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales

Eel-like, moderate to shallow body depth; cardiform teeth present but restricted to upper jaw symphysis; swim bladder constricted (under vertebrae 13) forming two chambers; lacking enlarged dentary or premaxillary fangs, dentary diastema, pelvic fins and swim bladder rockerbone (Ref. 34024).

Description: Characterized by generally translucent color; brain and snout with large stellate melanophores; silvery patches on operculum; length of pectoral fin 2.1 in head length; depth of body 13.5 in TL; anus anterior to base of pectoral fin; head length 7.2 in TL; free and movable maxilla, not covered by skin and toothless; premaxilla with outer row of cardiform teeth, and smaller, conical inner teeth; band of small and blunt conical teeth in lower jaw; five large teeth surrounded by smaller conical teeth in vomer; band of short, stout conical teeth in palatines (Ref. 90102).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Carapus sluiteri

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 19 - 19


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total
Soft-rays total 38 - 38
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total
Soft-rays total 50 - 50

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Soft-rays   16 - 16
Pelvics Attributes  
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
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