Morphology Data of Fistularia commersonii
Identification keys
Abnormalities
Main Ref. Myers, R.F., 1991
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
Remarks

Descriptive characteristics of juvenile and adult

Striking features striking type of mouth
Body shape lateral elongated
Cross section flattened
Dorsal head profile more or less straight
Type of eyes more or less normal
Type of mouth/snout tube-like
Position of mouth terminal
Type of scales
Diagnosis

Vertically flattened rather than laterally compressed body. Long whiplike tail filament. Color is green dorsally, grading to silvery white ventrally, with two blue stripes or rows of blue spots on the back. Dorsal and anal fin orange becoming transparent at base. Caudal filament white. Broadly banded at night (Ref. 48635). First four vertebrae fused (Ref. 9826). Branchiostegal rays: 5 (Ref. 36710).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Fistularia commersonii

Lateral Lines 1 Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 0 - 0
Pored lateral line scales 0 - 0
Scales in lateral series 0 - 0
Scale rows above lateral line 0 - 0
Scale rows below lateral line 0 - 0
Scales around caudal peduncle 0 - 0
Barbels 0
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb
on upper limb
total
Vertebrae
preanal 50 - 51
total 83 - 86

Fins

Dorsal fin(s)

Attributes no striking attributes
Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   0 - 0
Ventral  0 - 0
Spines total 0 - 0
Soft-rays total 14 - 17
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin

Attributes forked; with medial filament

Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 0 - 0
Soft-rays total 14 - 16

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  more or less normal
Spines     0
Soft-rays   13 - 15
Pelvics Attributes  more or less normal
Position    abdominal  before origin of D1
Spines     0
Soft-rays   6 - 6
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Froese, Rainer
Modified by Casal, Christine Marie V.
Checked by Fritzsche, Ronald A.
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