Morphology Data of Gobiosoma spilotum
Identification keys
Main Ref. Van Tassell, J.L., J.-C. Joyeux, R.M. Macieira and L. Tornabene, 2015
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 circular
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales

This species is distinguished from its congeners by the following set of characters: body scaled from the caudal peduncle to the base of pectoral fin, scales in a wedge shape to under anterior of second dorsal-fin base, then continuing anteriorly in a row of 4-5 scales, row slightly tapering anteriorly; a naked area extends from the upper pectoral-fin base to 3rd of 4th ray of second dorsal fin (rarely extending further) and from the lower pectoral-fin base to 3rd or 4th anal-fin ray (rarely extending further); upper jaw 41.5% in head length (HL); lateral scales modally 26; pectoral fin 19 (18-20) (Ref. 104557).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Gobiosoma spilotum

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 8 - 8
Soft-rays total 10 - 11
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total
Soft-rays total

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Soft-rays   18 - 20
Pelvics Attributes  
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
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