Morphology Data of Pempheris adspersa
Identification keys
Main Ref. Mooi, R.D., 2000
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
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales

This species is distinguished by the following set of characters: some interorbital scales are cycloid; usually 3 or more predorsal scales cycloid, often forming a mesial line of cycloid scales; axillary scale absent; 56-68 lateral-line scales, rarely more than 66; 18-24 scales below lateral line, rarely more than 22; 29-35 anal fin rays; ratio of preanal length to anal-fin base length 1.19-1.55; ratio of pelvic-fin origin to anal-fin origin to anal-fin base length 0.38-0.59; anterior light organ associated with pyloric caeca absent (Ref. 88976).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Pempheris adspersa

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 56 - 68
Pored lateral line scales
Scales in lateral series
Scale rows above lateral line 8 - 12
Scale rows below lateral line 18 - 24
Scales around caudal peduncle 21 - 26
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb 22 - 25
on upper limb 8 - 12
total 30 - 36


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 5 - 6
Soft-rays total 10 - 12
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 3 - 3
Soft-rays total 29 - 35

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Spines     0
Soft-rays   15 - 18
Pelvics Attributes  
Spines     1
Soft-rays   5 - 5
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Capuli, Estelita Emily
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