Morphology Data of Smilosicyopus chloe
Identification keys
Main Ref. Watson, R.E., P. Keith and G. Marquet, 2001
Appearance refers to
Bones in OsteoBase

Sex attributes

Specialized organs
Different appearance
Different colors always different colors between mature adults
Remarks Males: dorsal fins distally and caudal fin dorsally and ventrally yellow. Midline of head and body yellowish to russet. Pectoral fin russet ventrally. Distal margin of anal fin bluish. Pelvic disc russet. Females: Dorsal fins distally yellowish or slightly russet. Laterally body and head may appear russet. Pectoral fin may be yellowish. Caudal fin may be yellowish dorsally and ventrally. Belly bright red in gravid material (Ref. 47572).

Descriptive characteristics of juvenile and adult

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

Diagnosis: one or 2 canine teeth on each side of upper and lower jaws. Broad blackish 'V' shaped mark on head ventrally in males, appearing dusky in females. Nape with a row of 4 to 7 blackish spots in small individuals on each side, becoming more numerous on upper surface of head, snout and on upper opercle in larger specimens. Markings sexually dimorphic, males dorsal to midline blackish with a row of whitish spots or irregular barring and ventral to midline whitish, females with broad dusky bars laterally, being blackish midlaterally (Ref. 47572).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Smilosicyopus chloe

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line
Pored lateral line scales
Scales in lateral series 17 - 17
Scale rows above lateral line
Scale rows below lateral line
Scales around caudal peduncle
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb
on upper limb


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number 2
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 7 - 7
Soft-rays total 9 - 9
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

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

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Soft-rays   13 - 15
Pelvics Attributes  part of sucker-disc
Spines     1
Soft-rays   5 - 5
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Busson, Frédéric
Modified by Reyes, Rodolfo B.
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