Morphology Data of Caranx sexfasciatus
Identification keys
Main Ref. Randall, J.E., G.R. Allen and R.C. Steene, 1990
Appearance refers to Male; Female
Bones in OsteoBase

Sex attributes

Specialized organs
Different appearance
Different colors different colors during breeding season only
Remarks Courtship sometimes observed (usually at dusk) with pairs swimming together, the male assuming black color (Ref. 90102).

Descriptive characteristics of juvenile and adult

Striking features
Body shape lateral fusiform / normal
Cross section compressed
Dorsal head profile more or less straight
Type of eyes eyes with fixed fatty (adipose) tissue/eyelids
Type of mouth/snout more or less normal
Position of mouth terminal

Description: Silvery olive to iridescent blue-green dorsally, shading to silvery olive to whitish on side; small black spot on uppermost rear edge of opercle; olive to blackish second dorsal fin with white tip on anterior lobe; caudal yellowish to black (Ref. 2334, 90102). Body oblong and compressed; dorsal profile moderately convex anteriorly, ventral profile slightly convex (Ref. 90102). Breast fully scaled. LL scutes 27-36, strong and dark (Ref. 2334, 90102). Pectoral fins falcate; anal fin with 2 detached spines (Ref. 2334). Adipose eyelid well developed (Ref. 90102).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Caranx sexfasciatus

Lateral Lines 1 Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 0 - 3
Pored lateral line scales
Scales in lateral series
Scale rows above lateral line
Scale rows below lateral line
Scales around caudal peduncle
Barbels 0
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb 15 - 19
on upper limb 6 - 8
total 21 - 27


Dorsal fin(s)

Attributes no striking attributes
Fins number 2
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 9 - 9
Soft-rays total 19 - 22
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin

Attributes forked; more or less normal

Anal fin(s)

Fins number 2
Spines total 3 - 3
Soft-rays total 14 - 17

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  more or less normal
Pelvics Attributes  more or less normal
Position    thoracic  before origin of D1
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Capuli, Estelita Emily
Modified by Olisa, Kristine Elaine Paz
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