Morphology Data of Narcine insolita
Identification keys
Main Ref. de Carvalho, M.R., B. Séret and L.J.V. Compagno, 2002
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 other
Cross section flattened
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales placoid scales

This species is distinguished from all its congeners by the following characters: unique presence of a very large and prominent first dorsal fin that is conspicuously taller, larger and with a longer base than the second dorsal fin; large spiracles, conspicuously rounded, not projecting anteriorly lateral to eyes, and with elevated rims all around; interspiracular distance much smaller than interorbital distance; small, broadly rounded lateral cusplets adjacent to principal cusp on teeth of more concealed inner rows; upper and lower tooth bands equal in width and broadly circular in outline; dorsal colouration composed of a yellowish brown background with darker brown to reddish brown irregular blotches on disc margins, posterior disc and anterior margin of snout; darker brown blotches on anterior portion of dorsal and caudal fins, at caudal apex, and laterally on tail at level of dorsal fins; precaudal vertebrae 68-71; total vertebrae 119-127 (Ref. 93929).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Narcine insolita

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
preanal 68 - 71
total 119 - 127


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. cephalopods )
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