Morphology Data of Pterocaesio tessellata
Identification keys
Main Ref. Carpenter, K.E. and V.H. Niem (eds.), 2001
Appearance refers to Male; Female
Bones in OsteoBase

Sex attributes

Specialized organs no special organs
Different appearance males alike females
Different colors males alike females

Descriptive characteristics of juvenile and adult

Striking features none
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 more or less normal
Position of mouth terminal
Type of scales ctenoid scales

This species is distinguished by the following characters: D X (rarely XI),15 (rarely 14 or 16); A III,12 (11-13); pectoral fin 20-22 soft rays; scales in lateral line usually 69-75, above to dorsal fin origin 9-11 (modally 10) and below to anal-fin origin 11-12; upper peduncular scales usually 11-13; dorsal and anal fins are scaly; obliquely oriented scale rows on posterior back; two postmaxillary processes; small conical teeth in jaws; greatest body depth 3.3-4.4 in SL, head length 3.2-3.7 in SL; colour of body bluish green on upper half, white or silvery blue on lower side (pinkish ventrally); a single yellow longitudinal stripe laterally, about 1 scale wide, covering lateral line for most of its length, usually running dorsal to lateral line on caudal peduncle; caudal fin dusky, the tips of lobes black (Ref. 68703, 90102).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Pterocaesio tessellata

Lateral Lines 1 Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 66 - 77
Pored lateral line scales
Scales in lateral series
Scale rows above lateral line 9 - 11
Scale rows below lateral line 15 - 18
Scales around caudal peduncle 26 - 31
Barbels 0
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb 24 - 28
on upper limb 8 - 11


Dorsal fin(s)

Attributes extending over most of the back length
Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   0 - 0
Ventral  0 - 0
Spines total 10 - 11
Soft-rays total 14 - 16
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  more or less normal
Spines     0
Soft-rays   20 - 22
Pelvics Attributes  more or less normal
Position    thoracic  before origin of D1
Spines     1
Soft-rays   5 - 5
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Capuli, Estelita Emily
Modified by Capuli, Estelita Emily
Checked by Carpenter, Kent E.
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