Morphology Data of Acanthurus albimento
Identification keys
Main Ref. Carpenter, K.E., Williams, J.T. & Santos, M.D., 2017
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 compressed
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales cycloid and ctenoid scales

This species is distinguished by the following characters: D IX,26-28; A III,25-27; pectoral-fin rays 17; posterior gill rakers 20-22; 16-18 teeth in upper jaw, 18-20 teeth in lower jaw; body depth 1.95-2.0 in SL; snout 4.35-4.74 in SL; large adults' forehead with pronounced convexity; head length 3.45-3.7 in SL; 9th dorsal-fin spine 1.65-1.85 in HL; caudal-spine length 3.85-5.15 in HL; caudal fin is strongly lunate in adults, caudal concavity 3.9-5.6 in SL. Colouration when fresh: lips brown, the upper lip edged narrowly with whitish merging ventrally with distinct white chin band; head brown with numerous distinct, iridescent, blue, wavy stripes, extending as wavy stripes behind and below the opercle; indistinct orangish streak in front of eye extending behind the eye to behind the upper edge of the opercle; iridescent blue stripes present on the base of pectoral fin, outer surface of each pectoral ray iridescent blue with posterior fourth of fin darker brown; body brown with numerous narrow alternating dark and bluish wavy stripes; the dorsal fin with a distinct rust-orange stripe at base; grey caudal spine, its socket is covered with a black oval spot with a whitish border; whitish base of caudal fin, caudal fin with narrow, vertical, light-bluish lines centrally and the longitudinal bluish lines covering upper and lower rays (Ref. 114728).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Acanthurus albimento

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 20 - 22
preanal 9 - 9
total 13 - 13


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 9 - 9
Soft-rays total 26 - 28
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 3 - 3
Soft-rays total 25 - 27

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Spines     0
Soft-rays   17 - 17
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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