Morphology Data of Eviota prasites
Identification keys
Main Ref. Myers, R.F., 1991
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 elongated
Cross section oval
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales

This species is distinguished by the following characters: cephalic sensory-canal pore system lacks the IT pore (pattern 2); unbranched pectoral-fin rays; dorsal/anal-fin formula is 8/7; fifth pelvic-fin ray 40% of fourth ray; abdomen without the black peritoneum clearly visible externally; upper portion of pectoral-fin base with a dark spot when dead, and which is lacking or less visible in life; when alive. there is a distinctive red line running from the tip of the lower jaw back under the eye across the cheek (Ref. 107299).

Description: Body translucent grey color; presence of red mid-lateral body stripe; upper head with white stripes; interrupted white stripe on back; lower anterior body with two rows of white spots; first five dorsal spines frequently prolonged in male; all pectoral rays unbranched; longitudinal scale series 21-23; ctenoid scales, absent on head, nape and base of pectoral fin; separated pelvic fins, thin membrane joining bases; 4-5 branches on fourth pelvic ray; depth of body 3.9-4.8 in SL (Ref. 90102).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Eviota prasites

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line
Pored lateral line scales
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
on upper limb


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number 2
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 7 - 7
Soft-rays total 8 - 9
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 1 - 1
Soft-rays total 6 - 7

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Spines     0
Soft-rays   14 - 16
Pelvics Attributes  
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Garilao, Cristina V.
Modified by Capuli, Estelita Emily
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