Morphology Data of Vanderhorstia wayag
Identification keys
Main Ref. Allen, G.R. and M.V. Erdmann, 2012
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 compressed
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales cycloid scales

Characterized by pale greyish to white body with two main rows of reddish spots or rectangular blotches on side, most large spots and blotches surrounded by ring of blue spots; side of snout, cheek, opercle and side of nape with short blu and yellow bands; dorsal rays VI+I,13; anal rays I,13; pectoral rays 18; pelvic rays I,5; scales in longitudinal scale series 57-60; circumpeduncular scales 15; head. Nape and prepecctoral area without scales; entirely cycloid scales; elongate body, depth 6.0-6.4 at pelvic fin origin; opening of gill extending forward to about vertical at posterior edge of preopercle; dorsal spines progressively longer to third spine; filamentous third dorsal spine, 2.8-3.4 in SL; ovate caudal fin with rounded margin, 3.1-3.4 in SL; gill rakers 2+9(3-4+8-9) (Ref. 90102).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Vanderhorstia wayag

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 15 - 15
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb 8 - 9
on upper limb 3 - 4


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number 2
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 6 - 7
Soft-rays total 13 - 13
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

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

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Soft-rays   18 - 18
Pelvics Attributes  
Spines     1
Soft-rays   5 - 5
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei
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