Morphology Data of Chelidoperca flavimacula
Identification keys
Main Ref. Psomadakis, P.N., O. Gon and T. Htut, 2021
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
Cross section compressed
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales

This species is distinguished from its congeners by the following set of characters: scale rows between the lateral line and middle of first dorsal-fin base 3 (2 full-sized plus 1 half-sized); pored lateral-line scales 42-45 (modally 42); pectoral-fin rays 15-16 (modally 15); predorsal scale rows 6; scale rows below the lateral line 9-10; circumpeduncular scales 16-17; no scale rows from ventral side of dentary; scale rows on interorbital area extending to mid-orbit level; maxilla is expanded posteriorly, covered ventrally by low skin fold; outermost row teeth of the upper jaw distinctly enlarged; gill rakers 6-7 + 10-12; developed gill rakers 1-2 + 6-8; serrations on preopercle 31-45; serrations on postemporal 2-5; body depth 4.1-4.3 in SL; head length 2.6-2.7 in SL; body with three, poorly-defined longitudinal rows of small whitish spots; dorsal fin transparent with about four longitudinal rows of bright yellow spots mostly covering the soft portion of fin; anal fin transparent white with yellow or reddish distal margin and three or four rows of bright yellow spots over its proximal half; posteriormost dorsal and anal-fin rays are with short alternating yellow and dark grey bands (Ref. 123773).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Chelidoperca flavimacula

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line
Pored lateral line scales 42 - 45
Scales in lateral series
Scale rows above lateral line
Scale rows below lateral line
Scales around caudal peduncle 16 - 17
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb 10 - 12
on upper limb 6 - 7
total 16 - 19


Dorsal fin(s)

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

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 3 - 3
Soft-rays total 6 - 6

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Spines     0
Soft-rays   15 - 16
Pelvics Attributes  
Spines     1
Soft-rays   5 - 5
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
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