Morphology Data of Ostorhinchus aureus
Identification keys
Main Ref. Randall, J.E., T.H. Fraser and E.A. Lachner, 1990
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 short and / or deep
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

Distinguished by having the following characteristics: Dorsal-fin rays VII-I, 9; anal-fin rays II,8; pectoral-fin rays 14; pelvic-fin rays I,5; pored lateral line scales 25; predorsal scales 5; circumpeduncular scales 12; total gill rakers 24, developed gill rakers, 21; without oblique dark bars on cheek (Ref. 93839). Color in life coppery with iridescence, paler posteriorly; a blackish stripe, bordered by a blue line, running from front of snout through eye and beyond; a narrow blue streak on maxilla. Large and oblique mouth; median predorsal scales 5; preopercular ridge smooth with posterior and most of ventral margin serrate. Black bar encircling caudal peduncle present in both young and adult phases (Ref. 02142).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Ostorhinchus aureus

Lateral Lines 1 Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 24 - 24
Pored lateral line scales 25 - 25
Scales in lateral series
Scale rows above lateral line 2 - 2
Scale rows below lateral line 6 - 6
Scales around caudal peduncle 12 - 12
Barbels 0
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb 6 - 8
on upper limb 16 - 20
total 22 - 28
preanal 10 - 10
total 14 - 14


Dorsal fin(s)

Attributes no striking attributes
Fins number 2
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 8 - 8
Soft-rays total 9 - 9
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin

Attributes forked; more or less normal

Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 2 - 2
Soft-rays total 8 - 8

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  more or less normal
Spines     0
Soft-rays   13 - 15
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 Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei
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