Morphology Data of Caesio xanthonota
Identification keys
Main Ref. Carpenter, K.E., 1987
Appearance refers to Male; Female
Bones in OsteoBase

Sex attributes

Specialized organs no special organs
Different appearance males alike females
Different colors males alike females

Descriptive characteristics of juvenile and adult

Striking features none
Body shape lateral fusiform / normal
Cross section compressed
Dorsal head profile more or less straight
Type of eyes more or less normal
Type of mouth/snout more or less normal
Position of mouth terminal
Type of scales ctenoid scales

Upper 1/3 of body and caudal fin bright yellow, middle third blue, lower white. 4-5 scales on cheek; 20-25 predorsal scales; scaled dorsal and anal fins; narrow scaleless zone interrupting the Supra-temporal band of scales at the dorsal midline. Upper peduncular scale rows 11 or 12; lower peduncular scale rows usually 15 (14-16). Presence of a small process on each ventrolateral surface of basioccipital for attachment of Baudelot's ligament. Post maxillary process single; posterior end of maxilla blunt (Ref. 1723). Head length 3.0-3.4 in SL; body depth 2.9-3.5 in SL (Ref. 90102).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Caesio xanthonota

Lateral Lines 1 Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 52 - 59
Pored lateral line scales
Scales in lateral series
Scale rows above lateral line 8 - 11
Scale rows below lateral line 17 - 20
Scales around caudal peduncle 25 - 28
Barbels 0
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb
on upper limb


Dorsal fin(s)

Attributes extending over most of the back length
Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   0 - 0
Ventral  0 - 0
Spines total 10 - 10
Soft-rays total 14 - 15
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin

Attributes forked; more or less normal

Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 3 - 3
Soft-rays total 11 - 12

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  more or less normal
Spines     0
Soft-rays   20 - 22
Pelvics Attributes  more or less normal
Position    thoracic  beneath origin of D1
Spines     1
Soft-rays   5 - 5
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Capuli, Estelita Emily
Modified by Santos, Kristine
Checked by Carpenter, Kent E.
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