Morphology Data of Heniochus chrysostomus
Identification keys
Main Ref. Burgess, W.E., 1978
Appearance refers to
Bones in OsteoBase

Sex attributes

Specialized organs
Different appearance
Different colors

Descriptive characteristics of juvenile and adult

Striking features striking fins
Body shape lateral short and / or deep
Cross section compressed
Dorsal head profile clearly concave
Type of eyes more or less normal
Type of mouth/snout more or less normal
Position of mouth terminal

Description: Body color is white with three oblique broad dark brown bands, the first running from the top of the head through the eye to the abdomen, the second from the fourth dorsal spine to the posterior of the anal fin, and the third on the back and the adjacent dorsal fin (Ref. 4855). Juveniles have a longer, narrower "pennant" than adults as well as a double ocellus in the black portion of the anal fin (Ref. 37816). Snout length 3.0-3.6 in HL; body depth 1.5-1.6 in SL (Ref. 90102).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Heniochus chrysostomus

Lateral Lines 1 Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 57 - 61
Pored lateral line scales
Scales in lateral series
Scale rows above lateral line 11 - 12
Scale rows below lateral line 23 - 25
Scales around caudal peduncle
Barbels 0
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb
on upper limb
total 22 - 26


Dorsal fin(s)

Attributes first fin ray very elongated
Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   0 - 0
Ventral  0 - 0
Spines total 12 - 13
Soft-rays total 21 - 22
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin

Attributes more or less truncate; more or less normal

Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 0 - 0
Soft-rays total 17 - 18

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  more or less normal
Spines     0
Soft-rays   17 - 17
Pelvics Attributes  more or less normal
Position    thoracic  beneath origin of D1
Spines     0
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Reyes, Rodolfo B.
Modified by Olisa, Kristine Elaine Paz
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