Morphology Data of Lucifuga spelaeotes
Identification keys
Main Ref. Møller, P.R., W. Schwarzhans, T.M. Iliffe and J.G. Nielsen, 2006
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 elongated
Cross section
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales

This species is distinguished from its congeners by the following combination of characters: Vertebrae 13-14+38-42=51-55, dorsal fin rays 86-109, anal fin rays 66-82, pectoral fin rays 17-20, caudal fin rays 10; head profile above eye is strongly depressed, small, developed eyes 0.7-1.8 % SL; palatine teeth present, in 1-7 short irregular rows, with 3-56 teeth total; long gill-rakers 3, dark pigmented (Ref. 57878).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Lucifuga spelaeotes

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 15 - 23
preanal 13 - 14
total 51 - 55


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total
Soft-rays total 86 - 109
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total
Soft-rays total 66 - 82

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Soft-rays   17 - 20
Pelvics Attributes  
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Capuli, Estelita Emily
Modified by Capuli, Estelita Emily
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