Morphology data of Nymphon uncatum
Identification keys
Main Ref. Child, C.A., 1998
Appearance refers to

Sex attributes

specialized organs
different appearance
different colors

Descriptive characteristics of juvenile and adult

Striking features
Body shape lateral
Cross section
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Diagnosis Trunk fully segmented. Lateral processes separated by their diameters or slightly more, glabrous. Neck moderately short; large oviger implants at posterior, touching first lateral processes. Ocular tubercle as low rounded bump, without eyes; sensory papillae prominent. Proboscis long; slightly swollen cylinder just distal to midpoint; lips flat. Abdomen short, not as long as first coxae; distally downcurved to be almost vertical at tip, glabrous. Chelifores massive, glabrous, cylindrical scapes slightly longer than proboscis. Chelae curved inward; palms cylindrical, shorter than slender fingers. Movable finger with about 70 long and short teeth; slightly longer than immovable finger with 63 - 64 teeth uneven sizes. Palps slender; third segment only little shorter than second; fourth and fifth with 3 short distal setae; oviger of fourth segment curved, with small low lateral tubercle at about 0.3 its length; fifth segment longest, straight. Strigilis segments each successively smaller, armed with denticulate spines in the formula 15: 12: 10: 9; with a straight terminal claw the same length or slightly longer than the terminal segment, armed with 13 long slender teeth. Denticulate spines long, with 4 lateral lobes on each side. Legs long, glabrous; second tibiae the longest segment. Propodus only slightly longer than tarsus; both slightly curved, unarmed. Claw straight; about 0.75 length of tarsus.
Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Nymphon uncatum

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


Dorsal fin(s)

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

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total
Soft-rays total

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Pelvics Attributes  
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary (e.g. cnidaria)
Entered by Palomares, Maria Lourdes D.
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