Morphology Data of Lutjanus boutton
Identification keys
Abnormalities
Main Ref. Allen, G.R. and J.H. Talbot, 1985
Appearance refers to
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 none
Body shape lateral fusiform / normal
Cross section oval
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
Diagnosis

Snout somewhat pointed. Eye large. Preorbital bone narrow, its width much less than eye diameter. Preopercular notch and knob well developed. Scale rows on back rising obliquely above lateral line. Generally pink or reddish, white or silvery below. Usually a series of ten to twelve stripes is on the side. Some specimens have black spot on the back below the anterior part of the soft dorsal fin. Description: Head and breast dusky reddish brown, dorsal reddish or pink to yellowish grey with black spot (slightly smaller than eye) below middle of dorsal fin, ventral silvery white or yellow; fins yellow, pectoral with spot small brown at base of uppermost pectoral fin rays. Snout somewhat pointed. Eye large. Preorbital bone narrow, its width much less than eye diameter. Preopercular notch and knob well developed. Body depth 2.4-2.6 in SL. Scale rows on back rising obliquely above lateral line. (Ref. 469, 90102)

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Lutjanus boutton

Lateral Lines 1 Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 45 - 48
Pored lateral line scales
Scales in lateral series
Scale rows above lateral line 6 - 6
Scale rows below lateral line
Scales around caudal peduncle
Barbels 0
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb 13 - 15
on upper limb 6 - 7
total 20 - 23
Vertebrae
preanal
total

Fins

Dorsal fin(s)

Attributes no striking attributes
Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   0 - 0
Ventral  0 - 0
Spines total 10 - 11
Soft-rays total 13 - 14
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin

Attributes more or less truncate; more or less normal

Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 3 - 3
Soft-rays total 8 - 8

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  more or less normal
Spines     0
Soft-rays   16 - 17
Pelvics Attributes  more or less normal
Position    thoracic  behind origin of D1
Spines     1
Soft-rays   5 - 5
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Luna, Susan M.
Modified by Olisa, Kristine Elaine Paz
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