Morphology Data of Hypoatherina ovalaua
Identification keys
Main Ref. Myers, R.F., 1989
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 elongated
Cross section oval
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales cycloid scales

Premaxilla with long ascending process and two lateral processes. Gill rakers 22-25. Midlateral scale count 38-42.

Description: Characterized by greyish color dorsally, silvery on sides; 15-19 predorsal scales; depth of body 5.3-6.2 in SL; large eye, 2.7-3.0 in head length; upper jaw extending to or slightly beyond vertical at front of eye; long ascending process and two lateral processes in premaxilla; vomer and jaws with small teeth; large and prominent palatine teeth; ramus of dentary highly elevated posteriorly (Ref. 90102).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Hypoatherina ovalaua

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 0 - 0
Pored lateral line scales
Scales in lateral series 40 - 45
Scale rows above lateral line
Scale rows below lateral line
Scales around caudal peduncle
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb 22 - 25
on upper limb 5 - 7
total 27 - 32


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number 2
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 4 - 7
Soft-rays total 8 - 10
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 1 - 1
Soft-rays total 9 - 12

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Spines     0
Soft-rays   16 - 18
Pelvics Attributes  
Spines     1
Soft-rays   5 - 5
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Garilao, Cristina V.
Modified by Bailly, Nicolas
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