Morphology Data of Neocaristius heemstrai
Identification keys
Main Ref. Stevenson, D.E. and C.P. Kenaley, 2011
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: with vomerine but no palatine teeth; posteriorly placed dorsal-fin origin, with predorsal distance >87% HL; vertically oriented anteriormost dorsal-fin pterygiophores; distinguished from Paracaristius by its short pharyngobranchial teeth (vs. long and needle-like in Paracaristius), presence of a lateral line, orbit size (>42%SL vs. <45%SL in Paracaristius); distinguished from all other caristiid genera by the broad suborbital space, with an expanded suborbital shield of bony elements, and by the small mouth, with upper jaw covered laterally by suborbitals and not extending to posterior margin of orbit (Ref. 87954).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Neocaristius heemstrai

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 16 - 19
on upper limb 6 - 8
total 22 - 26
preanal 14 - 16
total 32 - 35


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total
Soft-rays total 28 - 31
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total
Soft-rays total 18 - 21

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Soft-rays   18 - 20
Pelvics Attributes  
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Capuli, Estelita Emily
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