Morphology Data of Pentapodus paradiseus
Identification keys
Main Ref. Russell, B.C., 1990
Appearance refers to Male; Female
Bones in OsteoBase

Sex attributes

Specialized organs no special organs
Different appearance males alike females
Different colors males alike females
Remarks

Descriptive characteristics of juvenile and adult

Striking features striking fins
Body shape lateral fusiform / normal
Cross section oval
Dorsal head profile more or less straight
Type of eyes more or less normal
Type of mouth/snout more or less normal
Position of mouth terminal
Diagnosis

Head scales reaching forward to or almost to level of posterior nostrils. Suborbital naked. Lower limb of preopercle naked. Pelvic fins short, not reaching to level of anus. Upper lobe of caudal fin produced into a very long trailing yellowish-brown filament. Axillary scale present. Color: Upper body pale brownish, lower whitish. Presence of three bluish stripes across snout, first joining eyes behind nostrils, second in front of nostrils, third from eye to tip of snout. A yellow stripe from behind eye to upper base of pectoral fin. A yellow stripe from middle of upper lip, beneath eye to below pectoral fin.

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Pentapodus paradiseus

Lateral Lines 1 Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 46 - 48
Pored lateral line scales
Scales in lateral series
Scale rows above lateral line 2.5 - 6
Scale rows below lateral line 11 - 20
Scales around caudal peduncle
Barbels 0
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only) absent
Gill rakers
on lower limb
on upper limb
total 7 - 15
Vertebrae
preanal
total

Fins

Dorsal fin(s)

Attributes no striking attributes
Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   0 - 0
Ventral  0 - 0
Spines total 10 - 10
Soft-rays total 9 - 9
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin

Attributes forked; with dorsal filament

Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 3 - 3
Soft-rays total 7 - 7

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  more or less normal
Spines     0
Soft-rays   16 - 17
Pelvics Attributes  more or less normal
Position    thoracic  behind origin of D1
Spines     1
Soft-rays   5 - 5
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Luna, Susan M.
Modified by Reyes, Rodolfo B.
Checked by Russell, Barry
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