Morphology Data of Liocranium pleurostigma
Identification keys
Main Ref. Motomura, H., P. Last and J.W. Johnson, 2008
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 short and / or deep
Cross section
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales

A species of waspfish with the following characters: gill rakers 14-17 (mode 15); posterior tip of depressed pelvic-fin spine often reaching the anus; relatively short length of upper-jaw, 16.7-18.9% of SL, mean 17.6%; depth of maxilla relatively low (5.1-7.2% of SL, mean 5.9%); longest anal-fin soft ray relatively long (23.8-30.9% of SL, mean 28.8%); relatively small, broad and horizontally oriented first blotch (mean width 12.5% of SL, mean height 10.0% of SL), lateral line running through upper one-third of blotch; extremely small, like a dot, second blotch, mean width 1.2% of SL, mean height 1.5% of SL, located at base of first dorsal-fin soft ray, not on fin membrane; no third blotch (Ref. 77064).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Liocranium pleurostigma

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
total 14 - 17


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 13 - 13
Soft-rays total 8 - 8
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 2 - 2
Soft-rays total 6 - 6

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Soft-rays   13 - 15
Pelvics Attributes  
Spines     1
Soft-rays   4 - 4
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Busson, Frédéric
Modified by Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei
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