Morphology Data of Cephalopholis microprion
Identification keys
Main Ref. Heemstra, P.C. and J.E. Randall, 1993
Appearance refers to
Bones in OsteoBase

Sex attributes

Specialized organs
Different appearance
Different colors

Descriptive characteristics of juvenile and adult

Striking features none
Body shape lateral fusiform / normal
Cross section oval
Dorsal head profile clearly convex
Type of eyes more or less normal
Type of mouth/snout more or less normal
Position of mouth superior

Description: Characterized by entirely dark brown color; head and anterior body covered by numerous small, bluish-white spots, some individuals with whitish area covering most of rear half of body; body scales ctenoid, including abdomen; greatest depth of body 2.5-2.8 in SL; rounded caudal fin; pelvic fins, 1.9-2.1 in head length (Ref. 90102); flat or slightly concave interorbital area; rounded preopercle, finely serrate, lower edge fleshy; subopercle and interopercle smooth or finely serrate; upper edge of operculum very convex; naked maxilla, extending past eye (Ref. 089707).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Cephalopholis microprion

Lateral Lines 1 Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 47 - 56
Pored lateral line scales
Scales in lateral series 94 - 114
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 14 - 16
on upper limb 7 - 9
total 21 - 25


Dorsal fin(s)

Attributes no striking attributes
Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   0 - 0
Ventral  0 - 0
Spines total 9 - 9
Soft-rays total 15 - 16
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin

Attributes more or less truncate; more or less normal

Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 3 - 3
Soft-rays total 8 - 8

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  more or less normal
Spines     0
Soft-rays   15 - 16
Pelvics Attributes  more or less normal
Position    thoracic  beneath origin of D1
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Reyes, Rodolfo B.
Modified by Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei
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