Morphology Data of Selaroides leptolepis
Identification keys
Main Ref. Randall, J.E., G.R. Allen and R.C. Steene, 1990
Appearance refers to Male; Female
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 clearly convex
Type of eyes more or less normal
Type of mouth/snout more or less normal
Position of mouth terminal
Type of scales cycloid scales

Description: Dorsal metallic blue, ventral silvery white; stripe yellow broad from eye upper margin to caudal peduncle; opercle edge with spot black, large. Body elongate, oblong, compressed; profiles dorsal less convex than ventral. Eyes very large, shorter than snout length; adipose eyelid well developed, covering eye posterior part. Upper jaw strongly protractile. Breast scaled. LL curved part shorter than straight part 0.6-0.8 times; LL scales are on straight part; LL scutes 24-29, small. Cleithrum smooth without papillae. Pectoral fins falcate; anal fins first two spines detached. (Ref. 2334. 90102)

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Selaroides leptolepis

Lateral Lines 1 Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 13 - 25
Pored lateral line scales
Scales in lateral series
Scale rows above lateral line
Scale rows below lateral line
Scales around caudal peduncle
Barbels 0
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb 27 - 32
on upper limb 10 - 14
total 37 - 46


Dorsal fin(s)

Attributes no striking attributes
Fins number 2
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 9 - 9
Soft-rays total 24 - 26
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin

Attributes forked; more or less normal

Anal fin(s)

Fins number 2
Spines total 3 - 3
Soft-rays total 21 - 23

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  more or less normal
Pelvics Attributes  more or less normal
Position    thoracic  before origin of D1
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
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