Morphology Data of Neosebastes entaxis
Identification keys
Main Ref. Motomura, H., 2003
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
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales

Diagnosis: The underside of mandible has numerous tiny pores, no ridges. Preocular spine usually divided into 2 points, and flattened anteriorly and posteriorly. There are no additional spines between lacrimal and suborbital ridges. Upper opercular spine usually simple, tip pointed. Midinterorbital space moderately deep, not covered with scales. Interorbital ridge indistinct. Pored lateral-line scales 32-36 (mode 32). Longitudinal scale rows 47-56 (49). Scale rows between last dorsal-fin spine origin and lateral line 4\.2-5\.2 (5). Pectoral-fin rays 19-21 (20). Posterior margin of maxilla not reaching a vertical at posterior margin of pupil. Pectoral fin long (2.7-3.1, mean 2.8 in SL), reaching or extending beyond a vertical at origin of last dorsal-fin spine. Interorbital width wide (5.4-7.9, 6.7 in HL). Membrane anterior to sixth dorsal-fin spine extending up to 51-63% (57%) of the spine length. First anal-fin spine 1.2-1.5 (1.3) in third spine. Second pelvic-fin soft ray 1.5-1.8 (1.7) in HL. Bilobed portion of swim bladder more than half of total swim bladder length. Color of head and body blackish in preserved specimens; body, head, and pelvic and anal fins orange when fresh; no distinct small black spots on head or lateral line (Ref. 54394).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Neosebastes entaxis

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line
Pored lateral line scales 32 - 36
Scales in lateral series 47 - 56
Scale rows above lateral line 4.5 - 5.5
Scale rows below lateral line
Scales around caudal peduncle
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb 6 - 8
on upper limb 1 - 2
total 7 - 10
total 26 - 26


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 8 - 8
Soft-rays total 8 - 8
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 3 - 3
Soft-rays total 5 - 5

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Spines     0
Soft-rays   19 - 21
Pelvics Attributes  
Spines     1
Soft-rays   5 - 5
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Capuli, Estelita Emily
Modified by Capuli, Estelita Emily
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