Morphology Data of Halichoeres stigmaticus
Identification keys
Main Ref. Randall, J.E., 1995
Appearance refers to
Bones in OsteoBase

Sex attributes

Specialized organs
Different appearance
Different colors
Remarks

Descriptive characteristics of juvenile and adult

Striking features
Body shape lateral fusiform / normal
Cross section
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Diagnosis

Caudal fin slightly to moderately rounded; females whitish with two broad brownish red to yellowish brown stripes, one dorsally on body and the other lateral, ending in a black spot at base of caudal fin; males pale blue and yellow on dorsal half of body (above lateral line, scale centers yellow, edges blue; colors reversed below the lateral line), gradually shading to whitish ventrally; a large U-shaped black mark within the pale blue area on upper side of tip of pectoral fin; a bright blue and yellow spot anteriorly on dorsal fin (first interspinous membrane mainly blue, second mainly yellow).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Halichoeres stigmaticus

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
Barbels
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb
on upper limb
total 18 - 21
Vertebrae
preanal
total

Fins

Dorsal fin(s)

Attributes
Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   0 - 0
Ventral  0 - 0
Spines total 9 - 9
Soft-rays total 12 - 12
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin

Attributes more or less truncate

Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 3 - 3
Soft-rays total 11 - 13

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  more or less normal
Spines     0
Soft-rays   14 - 16
Pelvics Attributes  more or less normal
Position    thoracic
Spines     1
Soft-rays   5 - 5
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Garilao, Cristina V.
Modified by Reyes, Rodolfo B.
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