Morphology Data of Helcogramma novaecaledoniae
Identification keys
Main Ref. Allen, G.R. and M.V. Erdmann, 2012
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
Cross section
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth

Description: Dorsal fin III + XIII-XV + 9-12 (usually 11); anal fin I, 18-22; pectoral rays 15-17; pelvic fin I, 2. Mandibular pores 4-5 + 1 + 4-5. Overall translucent grey with oblique bars, six, dark reddish brown, H-shaped, upper part spotty; head also with red spots; females paler than males. Lacks orbital tentacle. Scaleless head, nape, and narrow portion below spinous dorsal fins. LL continuous, pored scales 18-29 (Ref. 90102).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Helcogramma novaecaledoniae

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line
Pored lateral line scales 18 - 29
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


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number 3
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 16 - 18
Soft-rays total 9 - 12
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 1 - 1
Soft-rays total 18 - 22

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Soft-rays   15 - 17
Pelvics Attributes  
Spines     1
Soft-rays   2 - 2
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Olisa, Kristine Elaine Paz
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