Morphology Data of Kuhlia nutabunda
Identification keys
Main Ref. Randall, J.E. and H.A. Randall, 2001
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
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales

Preorbital serrae 11-14 (obsolete in large specimens); body depth 2.7-3.1 in SL; dorsal profile of head of adults slightly to moderately concave; eye very large, orbit diameter2.55-2.95 in head length; second anal fin spine 73-87% length of third spine; caudal concavity 1.7-2.2 in head length. Silvery, fins dusky, caudal fin with narrow blackish posterior margin. Black margin of caudal fin more evident on juveniles than adults, and upper and lower margins of the fin may be black as well (Ref. 41640).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Kuhlia nutabunda

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 49 - 50
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 24 - 27
on upper limb 10 - 12
total 34 - 38


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number 1notched No
Finlets No. Dorsal   0 - 0
Ventral  0 - 0
Spines total 10 - 10
Soft-rays total 11 - 11
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin

Attributes forked; more or less normal

Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 3 - 3
Soft-rays total 10 - 11

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  more or less normal
Spines     0
Soft-rays   14 - 15
Pelvics Attributes  more or less normal
Position    thoracic  beneath origin of D1
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Garilao, Cristina V.
Modified by Froese, Rainer
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