Morphology Data of Stiphodon palawanensis
Identification keys
Main Ref. Maeda, K. and H.P. Palla, 2015
Appearance refers to Male; Female
Bones in OsteoBase

Sex attributes

Specialized organs
Different appearance
Different colors

Descriptive characteristics of juvenile and adult

Striking features
Body shape lateral elongated
Cross section
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth sub-terminal/inferior

Stiphodon palawanensis is distinguished by the following characters: first dorsal fin pointed in male; second dorsal fin usually with one spine and nine segmented rays, pectoral fin usually with 15 segmented rays; relatively large caudal fin (26-34% of SL) in male; premaxilla with 45-71 tricuspid teeth, dentary with 2-6 (male) or 1-4 (female) symphyseal teeth and 45-79 unicuspid horizontal teeth; nape and posterior part of occipital region covered by cycloid scales; 9-11 dusky transverse bars laterally on trunk and tail; first dorsal fin gray or dusky after preservation (orange or reddish brown in life) without any distinct markings, having a line of black blotches (male) or a black band (female) on distal part of second dorsal fin; pectoral fin without clear markings (Ref. 104909).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Stiphodon palawanensis

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line
Pored lateral line scales
Scales in lateral series 29 - 33
Scale rows above lateral line
Scale rows below lateral line
Scales around caudal peduncle 15 - 16
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb
on upper limb


Dorsal fin(s)

Attributes no striking attributes
Fins number 2
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 6 - 7
Soft-rays total 9 - 9
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin

Attributes more or less truncate

Anal fin(s)

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

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Soft-rays   14 - 16
Pelvics Attributes  joint, cup-like
Spines     1
Soft-rays   5 - 5
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Torres, Armi G.
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