Morphology Data of Melanotaenia kokasensis
Identification keys
Main Ref. Allen, G.R., P.J. Unmack and R.K. Hadiaty, 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
Cross section
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales

This species is distinguished by the following set of characters: D IV or V-I,11 to 14 (usually 13 or 14); A I,21-24 (usually I,22 or 23); pectoral rays 13-15 (usually 14); lateral scales 35-37 (usually 36); predorsal scales 16-18 (usually 16 or 17); total gill rakers on first arch 16-19 (usually 17 or 18); in life, male colour is generally pale blue grey with blackish midlateral stripe

at level of upper pectoral-fin base (sometimes faint on anterior part of body); narrow orange stripe between each scale row on upper half of body; broad, horizontally bluish streak immediately above abdomen; pelvic and anal fins pale yellowish, remaining fins mainly colourless or slightly grey except narrow white margin on second dorsal fin and narrow blackish dorsal and ventral margins on caudal fin (Ref. 79630).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Melanotaenia kokasensis

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 35 - 37
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 16 - 19


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number 2
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 5 - 6
Soft-rays total 11 - 14
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 1 - 1
Soft-rays total 21 - 24

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Spines     0
Soft-rays   13 - 15
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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