Morphology Data of Caristius walvisensis
Identification keys
Main Ref. Kukuev, E.I., N.V. Parin and I.A. Trunov, 2013
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 short and / or deep
Cross section compressed
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales

This species is distinguished by the following characters: anterior profile of head moderately sloped, forming with midline of body an angle of 70°; distance from origin of upper jaw to origin of dorsal fin (along the forehead slope) equal to head length; head length equal to length of ventroanal distance; dorsal fin origin at level of orbit; eye diameter approximately equal to caudal peduncle depth; gill rakers are thin, long (length slightly smaller than length of gill filaments); distance between gill rakers equal to 1/2 of their length; on upper part of raker, only 2 spinules; total number of gill rakers 18; teeth on jaws acute, in 1 row, hook-like, and numerous in posterior part of jaws directed anteriorly; vomer with 8 acute teeth located in 2 rows; palatine teeth acute and numerous; lateral line as row of enlarged scale poaches along dorsal fin base (Ref. 95096).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Caristius walvisensis

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 18 - 18


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total
Soft-rays total 33 - 33
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total
Soft-rays total 21 - 21

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Soft-rays   17 - 17
Pelvics Attributes  
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
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