Morphology Data of Kuhlia caudavittata
Identification keys
Main Ref. Keith, P., G. Marquet, P. Valade, P. Bosc and E. Vigneux, 2006
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 more or less straight
Type of eyes more or less normal
Type of mouth/snout clearly protrusible
Position of mouth superior
Type of scales

Oval and high body, laterally compressed and elongated. Lower jaws proeminent. Large protusible and superior mouth. Opercle shows two spines. Dorsal fin starts at the same level than the pelvics. Silvery body with a darker blue to greyish back. Caudal forked with two vertical stripes. First at the base of the caudal and second is the posterior margin of the fin. In between these two stripes is a white stripe. K. splendens Regan, 1913 might be a synonym of that species (Stapley pers. com.).

Ease of Identification likely to be confused with closely related species.

Meristic characteristics of Kuhlia caudavittata

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line
Pored lateral line scales
Scales in lateral series 48 - 55
Scale rows above lateral line
Scale rows below lateral line
Scales around caudal peduncle
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb 24 - 27
on upper limb


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 10 - 10
Soft-rays total 11 - 14
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin

Attributes forked; more or less normal

Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 3 - 3
Soft-rays total 11 - 13

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Pelvics Attributes  
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Busson, Frédéric
Modified by Busson, Frédéric
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