Morphology Data of Stiphodon astilbos
Identification keys
Main Ref. Keith, P., G. Marquet, C. Lord, D. Kalfatak and E. Vigneux, 2011
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

The body is elongated, the snout is rounded and the mouth is slightly inferior. The first dorsal fin has 6 spiny rays and the second dorsal fin one spiny ray and 10 soft rays. The anal fin has one spiny ray and 10 soft rays. The pectoral fins generally have 14 rays and the caudal fin has 13. There are 12 to 16 scales in transverse forward series and 9 scales in transverse back series. The central predorsal scales are minute and there are 6 to 11 for males and 4 to 6 for females. There are 24 to 29 scales in longitudinal series. The male has a silvery belly and blue to yellow band along the flanks extending from the pectoral fin to the caudal fin. There is a greyish spot at the base of the caudal fin. The female is brown-yellow with three dark longitudinal bands (Ref. 87781).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Stiphodon astilbos

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
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb
on upper limb


Dorsal fin(s)

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

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total
Soft-rays total

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Pelvics Attributes  part of sucker-disc
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Busson, Frédéric
Modified by Reyes, Rodolfo B.
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