Morphology Data of Pomacentrus magniseptus
Identification keys
Main Ref. Allen, G.R., M.V. Erdmann and P.D. Pertiwi, 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

This species is distinguished by the following characters: D XIII,13-15 (usually 14); A II,13-15 (usually 14); pectoral-fin rays 17-19 (usually 18); tubed lateral-line scales 16-19 (usually 18); total gill rakers on first arch 21-24 (usually 23); body depth 1.9-2.1 in SL; usually scales are absent on preorbital and suborbital, except occasional scales on posterior part of suborbital; general colour in life charcoal gray with thick blackish scale margins producing a network pattern and a vertically ovate whitish spot centered on each scale, forming rows that correspond with horizontal scale rows; pectoral-fin base with a large black spot , invading outer part of axil; inner surface of pectoral-fin axil grayish; median fins are charcoal gray to blackish; dorsal scleral surface of eye bright blue. This species differs from other members of the philippinus species complex by having a distinctive color pattern, with horizontal rows of whitish spots on the side of the body made up of the pale centers of the distinctly outlined scales and it is always lacking scales on the preorbital and most of the suborbital (occasional specimens, however, possess 1-3 scales on the posteriormost section of the suborbital) (Ref. 114927).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Pomacentrus magniseptus

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line
Pored lateral line scales 16 - 19
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 15 - 17
on upper limb 5 - 8
total 21 - 24
total 26 - 26


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 13 - 13
Soft-rays total 13 - 15
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 2 - 2
Soft-rays total 13 - 15

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Soft-rays   17 - 19
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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