Morphology Data of Kyphosus cinerascens
Identification keys
Main Ref. Myers, R.F., 1991
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 clearly convex
Type of eyes more or less normal
Type of mouth/snout more or less normal
Position of mouth terminal

Description: Grey with dusky fins. When small or sub-adult with pale scale centers forming horizontal lines along scale rows. Soft parts of dorsal and anal fins elongated anteriorly, resulting in near vertical rear margins. Snout more angled down compared to other species (Ref. 48636). Head dorsal profile protuberance on anterior of upper side of eye; maxillary reaches to posterior of front of eye. Body depth 2.3-2.8 in SL, HL 3.4-3.7 in SL. Dorsal fin soft rays elevated higher than spines, spinous base longer than soft part, longest spine 1.3-1.7 in longest soft ray (Ref. 90102).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Kyphosus cinerascens

Lateral Lines 1 Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line
Pored lateral line scales 48 - 56
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 18 - 20
on upper limb 8 - 10
total 26 - 30


Dorsal fin(s)

Attributes no striking attributes
Fins number 1notched No
Finlets No. Dorsal   0 - 0
Ventral  0 - 0
Spines total 11 - 11
Soft-rays total 11 - 12
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin

Attributes forked; more or less normal

Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 3 - 3
Soft-rays total 11 - 12

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  more or less normal
Spines     0
Soft-rays   17 - 19
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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