Morphology Data of Ebosia falcata
Identification keys
Main Ref. Eschmeyer, W.N. and K.V. Rama-Rao, 1977
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 ctenoid scales

Parietal crest of adult males very elongate; low in females. Dorsal fin rays 4.5-10.5; spines very long, longest at middle of the fin, 12th shortest; membranes deeply incised between spines; soft rays branched distally in largest specimens. Anal fin rays 7.5-9.5, usually 8.5; 1st spine shortest, increasing in length to 3rd; soft rays branched in larger specimens. Pectoral fin almost reaching caudal fin base, a little beyond in small individuals, short of caudal base in larger ones. Caudal fin very long , middle rays longest and branched; procurrent rays spinous. Vertical ctenoid scale rows about 40; cheek and area behind eyes scaled. Supraocular tentacle present. Preopercle with 3 spines; supplemental spine absent. Suborbital ridge spiny, irregular, with more than 10 spinous points of variable shape. Ocular ridges with spines, but poorly defined by location. Sphenotic and pterotic spines multiple. No spines on interorbital space, occiput, snout; no upper and lower post temporal, cleithral and supracleithral spines (Ref. 41422).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Ebosia falcata

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 10 - 12
on upper limb 4 - 6
total 14 - 18
total 24 - 24


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 12 - 13
Soft-rays total 10 - 10
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total 3 - 3
Soft-rays total 8 - 10

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Pelvics Attributes  
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Capuli, Estelita Emily
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