Morphology Data of Sphyraena flavicauda
Identification keys
Main Ref. De Sylva, D.P. and F. Williams, 1986
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
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales

Body with two brown or brownish yellow longitudinal stripes which may disappear in old specimens; caudal fin yellowish (Ref. 9768). S. flavicauda is more elongate than S. obtusata and differs in dorsal fin height pectoral fin length (Ref. 37816).

Description: Characterized further by silvery green to yellowish body color dorsally; upper side of body with row of short bars; gill rakers 2; large eye; erect teeth, each separated by space about equal to tooth width; prominent membranous flap at corner of preopercle; maxilla reaching within half eye diameter of anterior edge of eye; forked caudal fin; depth of body 6.8-8.3 in SL (Ref. 90102).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Sphyraena flavicauda

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 80 - 90
Pored lateral line scales
Scales in lateral series
Scale rows above lateral line
Scale rows below lateral line
Scales around caudal peduncle
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb
on upper limb
total 2 - 2


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number 2
Finlets No. Dorsal   0 - 0
Ventral  0 - 0
Spines total 6 - 6
Soft-rays total 9 - 9
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin

Attributes forked

Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 2 - 2
Soft-rays total 9 - 9

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Spines     0
Soft-rays   13 - 13
Pelvics Attributes  
Spines     1
Soft-rays   5 - 5
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Garilao, Cristina V.
Modified by Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei
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