Morphology Data of Stethojulis marquesensis
Identification keys
Main Ref. Randall, J.E., 2000
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 fusiform / normal
Cross section
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth

Initial phase, color in life: upper half of head and body brown, with fine white dots, an indistinct whitish line from snout, passing over the eye and ending below posterior part of the dorsal fin; the lower half of body whitish, a broad brown stripe at the level of the lower pectoral-fin base and ending on the lower third of the caudal-fin base, the upper part of which with a dark brown spot about a size of the pupil. Terminal-phase male: body above a demarcation from the upper end of pectoral-fin base to lower part of caudal-fin base dark olive-brown, grading posteriorly to blackish color; beneath the pectoral fin across the upper abdomen is a broad, irregular, oblique blackish band; the ventral part of the body posterior to his band white; dorsal of head yellowish olive, ventral light yellowish green with a large dark blue-green area over the opercle and 2 blue lines; chin with a blue mark. 14-20 suborbital pores from behind the center of the eye to below front of orbit. Body depth, 3.1-3.45 in SL (Ref. 36378).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Stethojulis marquesensis

Lateral Lines 1 Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 25 - 25
Pored lateral line scales
Scales in lateral series
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
total 26 - 28


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 9 - 9
Soft-rays total 11 - 11
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 3 - 3
Soft-rays total 11 - 11

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Spines     0
Soft-rays   14 - 15
Pelvics Attributes  
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Capuli, Estelita Emily
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