Morphology Data of Lethrinus atkinsoni
Identification keys
Main Ref. Carpenter, K.E. and G.R. Allen, 1989
Appearance refers to
Bones in OsteoBase

Sex attributes

Specialized organs no special organs
Different appearance
Different colors

Descriptive characteristics of juvenile and adult

Striking features none
Body shape lateral fusiform / normal
Cross section oval
Dorsal head profile clearly convex
Type of eyes more or less normal
Type of mouth/snout more or less normal
Position of mouth terminal
Type of scales ctenoid scales

Description: Color is bluish-gray, tan or yellowish on the upper sides, and white ventrally. The head is brown; lips reddish; caudal peduncle yellowish. The fins are pale, yellowish, orange or reddish. The base of the pectoral fins, the basal membranes of the anal fins and the edges of the pelvic, dorsal, anal and caudal fins are often reddish. Sometimes there is a broad yellowish indistinct band on the sides (Ref. 2295). Some have clear yellow horizontal band on sides extending to tail, caudal fin yellow. Body depth 2.3-2.6 in SL. Moderately short and blunt snout, 1.7-2.6 in HL. Supratemporal patch 4-8 scales. Pectoral fin axil scaled densely. Scale margins narrow dark (Ref. 90102).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Lethrinus atkinsoni

Lateral Lines 1 Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 46 - 47
Pored lateral line scales 45 - 49
Scales in lateral series
Scale rows above lateral line 4.5 - 6
Scale rows below lateral line 14 - 16
Scales around caudal peduncle 13 - 15
Barbels 0
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb 4 - 6
on upper limb 4 - 6
total 8 - 12


Dorsal fin(s)

Attributes no striking attributes
Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   0 - 0
Ventral  0 - 0
Spines total 10 - 10
Soft-rays total 9 - 9
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin

Attributes more or less truncate

Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 3 - 3
Soft-rays total 8 - 8

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  more or less normal
Spines     0
Soft-rays   13 - 13
Pelvics Attributes  more or less normal
Position    thoracic  beneath origin of D1
Spines     1
Soft-rays   5 - 5
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Capuli, Estelita Emily
Modified by Olisa, Kristine Elaine Paz
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