Morphology Data of Upeneus margarethae
Identification keys
Main Ref. Uiblein, F. and P.C. Heemstra, 2010
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

This species is distinguished by the following characters: D VIII,9; pectoral fins 13-14, usually 14 (in 26 of 29 individuals); gill rakers 4-7 + 16-18 = 21-24; lateral line scales 28-30; body depth at first dorsal fin origin 22-26% SL and at anus 20-24% SL; caudal-peduncle depth 9.3-11% SL; maximum head depth 19-23% SL; head depth through eye 15-19% SL; head length 27-31%SL; orbit length 6.5-9.1% SL; upper jaw length 10-12% SL; barbel length 16-20% SL; caudal-fin length 27-31% SL; anal-fin height 14-18% SL; pelvic-fin length 20-24% SL; pectoral-fin length 21-25% SL; first dorsal-fin height 20-23% SL; second dorsal-fin height 16-20% SL; 8-10 total bars on caudal fin, 4 bars on upper caudal-fin lobe, 3 on lobe itself and 1 at the lobe base; broad red band lower caudal-fin lobe, covering up to 5-6 red bars which are only partly visible along the outer, ventral fin margin in fresh fish, usually not retained on preserved one, but with some traces of bars and dark pigmentation at the lower lobe fin tip; a mid-lateral body stripe running through eye, red from snout tip to eye and yellow from behind eye to caudal-fin base, not retained on preserved fish; tip of first dorsal-fin pale; barbels white; body red above lateral line, body and head white laterally, with red or rose dots or blotches, ventral side of head and belly white; body uniformly pale brown in preserved fish; first minute dorsal-fin spine often dark pigmented forming a small spot at fin origin that is often distinct from above in preserved fish (Ref. 83903).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Upeneus margarethae

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 28 - 30
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 16 - 18
on upper limb 4 - 7
total 21 - 24


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number 2
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 8 - 8
Soft-rays total 9 - 9
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total
Soft-rays total

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Soft-rays   13 - 14
Pelvics Attributes  
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Capuli, Estelita Emily
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