Morphology Data of Diagramma pictum
Identification keys
Main Ref. Randall, J.E., G.R. Allen and R.C. Steene, 1990
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 compressed
Dorsal head profile more or less straight
Type of eyes more or less normal
Type of mouth/snout more or less normal
Position of mouth terminal

Description: Small juveniles dorsal spinous fin black, with stripes, broad black on median of body to tail, and yellow or white from eye to upper caudal fin. Large juveniles yellow or white with broad black horizontal stripes on body, dorsal fins and tail. Subadult greyish silver with brownish orange spots on head, body, and median fins. Adults become plain grey or spotted. (Ref. 48635, 90102) The Queensland fish are plain grey (Ref. 48635). Body depth 2.7-3.0 in SL. Dorsal fins 2nd spine longest. Juveniles caudal fin slightly rounded to truncate with growth. (Ref. 90102)

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Diagramma pictum

Lateral Lines 1 Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 65 - 65
Pored lateral line scales 110 - 115
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 22 - 25
on upper limb 6 - 9


Dorsal fin(s)

Attributes no striking attributes
Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   0 - 0
Ventral  0 - 0
Spines total 9 - 10
Soft-rays total 21 - 25
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 7 - 7

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  more or less normal
Spines     0
Soft-rays   16 - 17
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 Olisa, Kristine Elaine Paz
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