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Morphology Data of Amblyeleotris ellipse
Identification keys
Main Ref. Randall, J.E., 2004
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

Diagnosis: Dorsal rays VI-I, 13; anal rays 1, 13; pectoral rays 19-20 (usually 19); pelvic fins joined by a short membrane at base, with no frenum; fifth pelvic ray longest, branched once, the branches not separated. Longitudinal scale series 80-89; no median predorsal or prepectoral scales; scales on side of nape extending to above middle of opercle. Gill opening extending forward to below middle of preopercle. Body depth 5.55-6.15 in SL; head length (HL) 3.25-3.45 in SL; caudal fin rounded and moderately long, 2.8-3.1 in SL. Pale yellow dorsally, white ventrally, densely spotted with small pale blue spots; three broad dusky red bars on body, and a narrower darker one from nape across opercle and throat, broadly bordered by yellow containing small blue spots; a faint brown bar across posterior caudal peduncle, merging with brownish red of caudal fin base; second dorsal and anal fins with a broad longitudinal dusky band, the second dorsal yellow at base with dark-edged blue markings, the anal white at base with a broad yellow margin containing dark-edged blue markings; caudal fin with a large blue-edged elliptical mark that varies in zones from brownish orange to orange red, yellow, and black (Ref. 57552).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Amblyeleotris ellipse

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line
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


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number 2
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 7 - 7
Soft-rays total 13 - 13
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 1 - 1
Soft-rays total 13 - 13

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Spines     0
Soft-rays   19 - 20
Pelvics Attributes  
Spines     1
Soft-rays   5 - 5
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
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