Morphology Data of Serranus inexpectatus
Identification keys
Main Ref. Iwamoto, T. and P. Wirtz, 2018
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 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: D X,12; A III, 7; gill rakers 5-7 + 10-11, total = 15-18; pseudobranchial filaments about 22; pored lateral line scales 46; circumpeduncular scales 21; scales below D1 origin 4 and below first segmented dorsal ray 3-3.5; truncate caudal fin with upper lobe slightly pointed and the lower somewhat rounded; dorsal, anal and pectoral fins scaly near base; tube-like anterior nostril with rim low anteriorly but rising to a high narrow flap posteriorly, 4-6 long cirri at distal tip; posterior nostril a simple opening lacking a raised rim; a prominent black blotch distally between dorsal fin spines a and 4; body with 5 broad bands and another over nape, with the band under the 5th to 10th spines descending to belly well removed from the pectoral-fin base and to front of anal fin; the band below anterior rays of soft dorsal fin descends to middle of anal-fin base (Ref. 118671).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Serranus inexpectatus

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line
Pored lateral line scales 46
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 - 11
on upper limb 5 - 7
total 15 - 18


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 10 - 1
Soft-rays total 12 - 12
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 3 - 3
Soft-rays total 7 - 7

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Pelvics Attributes  
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
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