Morphology Data of Chrysiptera burtjonesi
Identification keys
Main Ref. Allen, G.R., M.V. Erdmann and N.K.D. Cahyani, 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 short and / or deep
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 set of characters: D XIII,11 (rarely 10 or 12); A II,12 (rarely 13); pectoral-fin rays 15 (14-16); gill rakers on first branchial arch 9-11+20-22 = 29-32; tubed lateral-line scales 13-16 (usually 14-15); preorbital and suborbital scales usually absent, occasionally 1-3 embedded scales present; color of adult generally grayish brown to greenish (sometimes with neon blue/green transverse streak on each scale) with translucent to pale greenish fins, except bright yellow ventrally on head, body, and adjacent anal and pelvic fins, a broad yellow band present from base of first few dorsal-fin spines to outer edge of last dorsal-fin spine; color of juvenile neon blue on head, most of body (above diagonal line from pelvic-fin base to base of uppermost caudal-fin ray), and dorsal fin, remainder of body and adjacent fins are bright yellow (Ref. 116668).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Chrysiptera burtjonesi

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line
Pored lateral line scales 13 - 16
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 20 - 22
on upper limb 9 - 11
total 29 - 32
total 25 - 26


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 13 - 13
Soft-rays total 10 - 12
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 2 - 2
Soft-rays total 12 - 13

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Spines     0
Soft-rays   14 - 16
Pelvics Attributes  
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
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