Morphology Data of Praealticus striatus
Identification keys
Main Ref. Allen, G.R. and M.V. Erdmann, 2012
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 elongated
Cross section
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales

Greenish grey, white on abdomen, numerous dark vertical lines on cheek, snout, and lips, about 5 pairs of dark bars on side of body, outer part of soft dorsal fin with oblique yellow bands, and middle of caudal-fin base with blackish blotch/steak. Dorsal fin deeply notched; segmented caudal rays typically 13-14, branched middle 1-8; pinnately branched supraorbital tentacle; lacking nape cirri; posterior rim of anterior nostril with small cirrus (typically unbranched); upper and lower lip margin crenulate; males with occipital crest; last dorsal ray and caudal peduncle connected by membrane; elongate body, depth at anal-fin origin ca. 6.0-6.6 in SL. Maximum length 9 cm TL (Ref. 90102).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Praealticus striatus

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


Dorsal fin(s)

Attributes extending over most of the back length
Fins number 1notched No
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 12 - 14
Soft-rays total 16 - 20
Adipose fin

Caudal fin

Attributes more or less truncate; more or less normal

Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 2 - 2
Soft-rays total 18 - 22

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  more or less normal
Soft-rays   14 - 16
Pelvics Attributes  more or less normal
Position    jugular
Spines     1
Soft-rays   4 - 4
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Hilomen, Teresa
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