Morphology Data of Periophthalmus novemradiatus
Identification keys
Main Ref. Jaafar, Z., M. Perrig and L.M. Chou, 2009
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

This is a sexually dimorphic species, with males possessing greatly elongate first spine of first dorsal fin, reaching eighth element of second dorsal fin when appressed; when preserved first dorsal fin brown or black with white distal edge, no spots; margin of first dorsal fin concave in males while concave to straight in females; second dorsal fin with two black bands, broader one located inframarginally and the other located medially, black spots basally on membrane between dorsal fin elements; pelvic fin with prominent frenum and inner rays fused for more than half of length. D1 modally IX; D2 modally I,12; A modally I,13; caudal fin rays modally 15 segmented rays, with first and last two rays unbranched; 62-67 lateral scale rows; 18-24 predorsal scales (Ref. 83659).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Periophthalmus novemradiatus

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 62 - 67
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 9 - 11
Soft-rays total 11 - 12
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

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

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Soft-rays   12 - 14
Pelvics Attributes  
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Capuli, Estelita Emily
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