Morphology Data of Pseudovespicula dracaena
Identification keys
Main Ref. Randall, J.E., 1995
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
Cross section
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales scales embedded or partly/completely absent

Body light brown, irregularly blotched with darker brown; a broad dark band across interorbital, continuing as a bar below eye and another band from origin of dorsal fin to eye. Dorsal fin pale with a large dark brown blotch in middle of the fin, usually between 6th and 9th spines; other irregular blotches especially posteriorly. Caudal fin whitish with faint small dark spots. No scales. Body depth 2.45-3.1 in SL. Lacrimal with 2 spines, a short ventral one and a large posterior one that extends to below center of eye. Preopercle with a large spine in line with suborbital ridge; the second spine, lower, very small and blunt. Origin of dorsal fin above rear edge of eye; a broad space between 3rd and 4th dorsal spines, the associated membrane deeply incised, nearly dividing the dorsal into 2 fins. Caudal fin truncate, slightly rounded when spread (Ref. 11441).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Pseudovespicula dracaena

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line
Pored lateral line scales 18 - 20
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 13 - 14
on upper limb 4 - 5


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 12 - 12
Soft-rays total 7 - 7
Adipose fin

Caudal fin

Attributes more or less truncate; confluent

Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 3 - 3
Soft-rays total 5 - 6

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Spines     0
Soft-rays   12 - 13
Pelvics Attributes  
Spines     1
Soft-rays   5 - 5
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Capuli, Estelita Emily
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