Morphology Data of Caranx lugubris
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 fusiform / normal
Cross section compressed
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes eyes with fixed fatty (adipose) tissue/eyelids
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales

Description: Head, body, and fins dark olive grey to brown or black dorsally, shading to bluish gray ventrally; median fins and lateral line scutes usually dark brown or black (Ref. 90102, Ref. 13442). Body oblong and compressed, dorsal profile strongly convex anteriorly, ventral profile slightly convex; breast completely scaleless; LL scutes 26-33, strong (Ref. 90102). Upper profile of head steep, the anterior part slightly concave; mouth relatively large, the maxilla nearly reaching center of eye (Ref. 13442). Adipose eyelid moderately developed, small anteriorly extending forward to rear half of pupil on posterior part of eye (Ref. 90102).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Caranx lugubris

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 17 - 22
on upper limb 6 - 8
total 23 - 30


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number 2
Finlets No. Dorsal   0 - 0
Ventral  0 - 0
Spines total 9 - 9
Soft-rays total 20 - 22
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number 2
Spines total 3 - 3
Soft-rays total 16 - 19

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Soft-rays   20 - 22
Pelvics Attributes  
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Garilao, Cristina V.
Modified by Olisa, Kristine Elaine Paz
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