Morphology Data of Kyphosus ocyurus
Identification keys
Main Ref. Knudsen, S.W. and K.D. Clements, 2013
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 short and / or deep
Cross section compressed
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth

This species is distinguished by the following characters: body oval elongate, somewhat compressed; body distinctively coloured with wavy yellow and bluish stripes horizontal to the body, originating from mouth with a yellow and a blue wavy stripe stretching back to the caudal peduncle; head yellow to silvery with blue streak behind eye on operculum; metallic blue dorsally and white ventrally; caudal fin deeply forked; very low dorsal and anal fins; D XI,15; A III,14; teeth incisor-shaped: scales on interorbital region; external side of first gill arch with high number of gill rakers, 16-19 on lower limb, 7-8 on upper; total lateral line scale rows 80-85, 59-64 with pores; longitudinal scale rows 68-77; precaudal vertebrae 10, caudal 16; pterygiophores, anal 15 and dorsal 24 (Ref. 95491).

Description: head and mouth small; teeth highly characteristic, forming a single anterior row in each jaw, incisiform and somewhat lanceolate in shape, resembling the head of a golf club, their roots compressed and horizontally set, forming a striated plate inside the mouth, although this feature might be little evident; vomer toothed; fins yellowish (Ref. 55763).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Kyphosus ocyurus

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 80 - 85
Pored lateral line scales 59 - 64
Scales in lateral series 68 - 77
Scale rows above lateral line
Scale rows below lateral line
Scales around caudal peduncle
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb 16 - 19
on upper limb 7 - 8
preanal 10 - 10
total 26 - 26


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 11 - 11
Soft-rays total 15 - 15
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 3 - 3
Soft-rays total 14 - 14

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Spines     1
Pelvics Attributes  
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Busson, Frédéric
Modified by Capuli, Estelita Emily
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