Morphology Data of Choerodon skaiopygmaeus
Identification keys
Main Ref. Gomon, M.F., 2017
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
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales

This species is distinguished by the following characters: D XII,8; A III,10; pectoral fin rays ii,13, the dorsalmost ray very short, 9.5-14.1% pectoral fin length and the ventralmost ray distinctly longer than those immediately above, posterior edge of fin falcate, dorsoposterior corner bluntly pointed, posteroventral corner sharply pointed; shallow body, 31.0-34.3% SL, head depth 24.3-28.5% SL, caudal peduncle depth 11.7-13.0% SL; bluntly pointed head, dorsal profile of snout is moderately steep, snout length 10.3-13.1% SL; predorsal scales approximately 6, reaching forward on dorsal midline almost to above posterior edge of preopercle; cheek has small partially embedded scales in about 3 or 4 diagonal rows, posteriormost with about 7 or 8 scales to upper extent of free preopercular edge, reaching ventrally to the level of posterior corner of upper jaw and forward little if at all beyond posterior extent of orbit, with very broad naked margin ventrally on preopercle; 1-3 rows of about 6-8 small scales (only 1 or 2 scales in second of 2 rows when present) on subopercle adjacent preopercular edge extending forward to about midpoint of ventral preopercular margin; each lateral line scale has a single pore on laterosensory canal tube; scales above lateral line about 2½-3; numerous cephalic sensory canal pores are scattered on top of head and anteroventral to eye and apparently not confined to lines or short branches associated with major canals; second pair of canines in lower jaw is directed dorsolaterally and curved laterally; dorsal and anal fins without basal sheath, additional small scale at top the of some oblique rows; posterior lobe of dorsal and anal fins not reaching hypural crease; caudal fin is truncate, often with posterior margin slightly convex medially; pelvic fin reaching to or just short of the anus, length 19.6-22.8% SL; colour uniformly pale in preservation except for the dusky horizontal stripe from just below lateral line under 8th dorsal fin spine to just beyond posterior end of dorsal fin near top of caudal peduncle (Ref. 116605).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Choerodon skaiopygmaeus

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line
Pored lateral line scales
Scales in lateral series
Scale rows above lateral line 2.5
Scale rows below lateral line 8.5
Scales around caudal peduncle
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb
on upper limb
total 16 - 17
preanal 10 - 10
total 27 - 27


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 12 - 12
Soft-rays total 8 - 8
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 3 - 3
Soft-rays total 10 - 10

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Soft-rays   13 - 13
Pelvics Attributes  
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
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