Morphology Data of Solenostomus cyanopterus
Identification keys
Main Ref. Orr, J.W. and R.A. Fritzsche, 1993
Appearance refers to
Bones in OsteoBase

Sex attributes

Specialized organs other
Different appearance always different morphology between mature adults
Different colors males alike females
Remarks Sexual dimorphism in the number of nasal lamellae and the formation of pelvic brood pouch in females (Ref. 9829).

Descriptive characteristics of juvenile and adult

Striking features strking shape of body
Body shape lateral other
Cross section flattened
Dorsal head profile more or less straight
Type of eyes more or less normal
Type of mouth/snout tube-like
Position of mouth terminal

Color variable (from brown to pink or yellow) with small black and white spots; 2 elongate black spots between first 3 dorsal spines (Ref. 4263). Total body plates 27-35. Caudal fin truncate, rounded, or lanceolate. Caudal peduncle short or lost in large females (Ref. 48635). Pelvic fin sexually dimorphic, forming a brood pouch in females (Ref. 9829).

Description: Characterized by depth of body 15.7-25.0 % SL; least snout depth 4.2-8.2 % SL; depth of caudal peduncle 6.4-15.9 % SL; elongated caudal fin, length 35-52 % SL (Ref. 90102).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Solenostomus cyanopterus

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line
Pored lateral line scales
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
on upper limb
preanal 19 - 19
total 32 - 33


Dorsal fin(s)

Attributes no striking attributes
Fins number 2
Finlets No. Dorsal   0 - 0
Ventral  0 - 0
Spines total 5 - 5
Soft-rays total 17 - 22
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin

Attributes other (see remark); more or less normal

Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 0 - 0
Soft-rays total 17 - 22

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  other (see diagnosis)
Spines     0
Soft-rays   24 - 28
Pelvics Attributes  other (see diagnosis)
Position    thoracic  before origin of D1
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Sa-a, Pascualita
Modified by Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei
Checked by Fritzsche, Ronald A.
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