Morphology Data of Pseudochromis cyanotaenia
Identification keys
Main Ref. Myers, R.F., 1991
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 compressed
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales

Females sexually dichromatic dottyback are uniformly grey, sometimes becoming yellowish or reddish on the tail (Ref. 37816).

Description: Characterized by bluish color of male with extensive yellow area from lower head to pectoral fin, yellow stripe along lateral line, several thin, light blue bars on lower side; female bluish grey to reddish brown, base of yellow tail with red patch; anterior lateral line scales 23-31; predorsal scales 11-19; depth of body 24.9-27.3 % of SL (Ref. 90102).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Pseudochromis cyanotaenia

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line
Pored lateral line scales 27 - 45
Scales in lateral series 30 - 37
Scale rows above lateral line
Scale rows below lateral line
Scales around caudal peduncle
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb 10 - 11
on upper limb 3 - 5
total 13 - 16


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 3 - 3
Soft-rays total 21 - 23
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 3 - 3
Soft-rays total 12 - 14

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Spines     0
Soft-rays   16 - 20
Pelvics Attributes  
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Garilao, Cristina V.
Modified by Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei
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