Morphology Data of Sargocentron tiereoides
Identification keys
Main Ref. Randall, J.E., G.R. Allen and R.C. Steene, 1990
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 more or less straight
Type of eyes more or less normal
Type of mouth/snout more or less normal
Position of mouth terminal

Body silvery pink with longitudinal red stripes; head red with silvery reflections on the cheek and opercle; spinous dorsal pink (or light red) with submarginal dark red band, the membranes tipped in white; other fins red to yellowish red, with the upper and lower edges of the caudal fin darker red; leading edges of anal and pelvic fins white with a submarginal darker red band, base of pectoral fins darker red (Ref. 4201 and 27370). Four oblique scale rows on cheek; body depth 2.6-2.9 in SL; head length (HL) 2.6-2.85 in SL; snout length 3.45-3.95 in HL; mouth often terminal; maxilla extending to between verticals just short of front of the pupil and just about center of the eye, upper jaw length 2.45-2.6 in HL; premaxillary groove reaching to a vertical at front edge of the orbit; anterior end of nasal bone with 2 short diverging spines; surface and medial margin of nasal bone spineless; moderately large nasal fossa often spineless on margin (an 11.8 cm SL specimen from Comoros, ROM 56585, has 2 spinules on the edge of the fossa, one on each side; a 9.4 cm, FMNH 17947, has a small spinule on one side on the edge of the fossa); upper edge of suborbital bones uniformly serrate; preopercular spine about 2/3 orbit diameter, 3.8-4.7 in HL; opercular spines 2, the lower from 2/3 as long to nearly as long as upper spine; short dorsal spines, 3rd to 5th dorsal spines subequal, 4th usually longest, 2.25-2.7 in HL; 3rd anal spine 1.25-1.6 in HL (Ref. 27370).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Sargocentron tiereoides

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 39 - 44
Pored lateral line scales
Scales in lateral series
Scale rows above lateral line 2.5 - 2.5
Scale rows below lateral line
Scales around caudal peduncle
Barbels 0
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb 12 - 14
on upper limb 6 - 8
total 18 - 22


Dorsal fin(s)

Attributes no striking attributes
Fins number 2
Finlets No. Dorsal   0 - 0
Ventral  0 - 0
Spines total 11 - 11
Soft-rays total 12 - 14
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin

Attributes forked; more or less normal

Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 4 - 4
Soft-rays total 9 - 10

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  more or less normal
Spines     0
Soft-rays   13 - 14
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 Capuli, Estelita Emily
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