Morphology Data of Helcogramma fuscipectoris
Identification keys
Main Ref. Allen, G.R. and M.V. Erdmann, 2012
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

Description: Dorsal fin III + XII-XVI + 8-10; anal fin I, 16-20 (usually 19); pectoral rays 15-17; pelvic fin I,2. Lateral line continuous, pored scales 17-23; head, nape and narrow strip on upper back scaleless. Mandibular sensory pores 3-5 + 1 + 3-5. Male head dorsal red, ventral black with blue horizontal stripe below the eye and in between the red and black areas; body vertical bars irregular, brown, about 8 in series; pectoral fin black with spots 2-3 in the upper side. Female overall white, ventrally yellowish with white spots, body bars irregular, yellowish brown, marble on back and sides (Ref. 90102).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Helcogramma fuscipectoris

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line
Pored lateral line scales 17 - 23
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 36 - 37


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number 3
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 15 - 19
Soft-rays total 8 - 11
Adipose fin

Caudal fin

Attributes more or less truncate; more or less normal

Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 1 - 1
Soft-rays total 16 - 20

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  more or less normal
Soft-rays   15 - 17
Pelvics Attributes  more or less normal
Position    jugular
Spines     1
Soft-rays   2 - 2
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Olisa, Kristine Elaine Paz
Modified by Hilomen, Teresa
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