Morphology Data of Ecsenius taeniatus
Identification keys
Main Ref. Springer, V.G., 1988
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 elongated
Cross section
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth

Description: Dorsal fin XII, 14, with deep notch between spinous and ray portions; anal fin II,15-17; pectoral rays 13; pelvic fin I, 3; caudal-fin segmented rays 13. Body depth 4.5-4.8 in SL at anal-fin origin. Vertebrae 10 + 22-23; incisors and anterior canine teeth look very similar, 44,46, and 47 in total; posterior canines 1 on each side, sometimes absent. Lateral line without pores, ends below dorsal spine 8-10. Anterior nostril with cirrus present only on posterior rim. Overall brown, anteriorly yellowish, dorsal side with two narrow pale stripes widely spaced. Eyes with narrow yellow ring around the pupil and yellow streaks on iris. Mid-postorbital margin with prominent dark spot. Pale stripe from eyes to posterior edge of operculum continuous with the ventral pale stripe on body. Dorsal-fin ray portion with suprabasal stripe, thin and dusky (Ref. 5296, 90102).

Ease of Identification likely to be confused with closely related species.

Meristic characteristics of Ecsenius taeniatus

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 10 - 10
total 32 - 33


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 12 - 12
Soft-rays total 14 - 14
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 2 - 2
Soft-rays total 16 - 16

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Soft-rays   13 - 13
Pelvics Attributes  
Spines     1
Soft-rays   3 - 3
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Olisa, Kristine Elaine Paz
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