Morphology Data of Harttia depressa
Identification keys
Main Ref. Rapp Py-Daniel, L.H. and E.C. Oliveira, 2001
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

Head and predorsal are marbled of dark and light brown; the rest of the dorsal surface yellowish with 3-4 faded transverse brown bars after dorsal fin. Ventral surface brown on snout and upper lip and the rest of the body uncolored. Dorsal fin inconspicuously spotted with a black blotch at tip of first rays. Pectoral and pelvic fin yellowish, with faded spots distally. Depressed head and body; head depth 2.8-3.2 times in HL; body depth 3-3.7 times in HL. Belly totally naked from throat to pelvic fins. In sexually mature males, no strongly curved pectoral spine; flat, broad spine, tapering towards the tip, covered by large odontodes on 2/3 of its length. Rictal barbel reduced and attached to lower lip by small membrane. Large subpreopercle strongly triangular with mesial side curved, plate boomerang shaped (Ref. 40703).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Harttia depressa

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
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total
Soft-rays total
Adipose fin

Caudal fin

Attributes forked

Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total
Soft-rays total

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Pelvics Attributes  
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Capuli, Estelita Emily
Modified by Bailly, Nicolas
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