Morphology Data of Priolepis cyanocephala
Identification keys
Main Ref. Hoese, D.F. and H.K. Larson, 2010
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 fusiform / normal
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 characters: bony interorbital trench absent, but eyes elevated well above the interorbital region forming a non-bony trench; head broader than deep, distinctly depressed; predorsal largely naked with body scales extending forward

to just above pectoral origin to just above posterior quarter of operculum; opercular scales absent; D2 I,10; A I, 9; pectoral rays 19; pelvic fins connected to form plate, no interspinal membrane; each scale pocket with concentrated xanthophores along margin, forming a diamond-shaped mark in life, but fading in preserved material, but with a concentration of melanophores along margins of scale pockets visible; vertical bands 4 on head in life, none on body; cheek sensory papillae a reduced transverse pattern; mouth oblique, forming an angle of about 35°-40° with body axis (Ref. 85603).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Priolepis cyanocephala

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)

Fins number 2
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 7 - 7
Soft-rays total 10 - 10
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 1 - 1
Soft-rays total 9 - 9

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Soft-rays   19 - 19
Pelvics Attributes  
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Capuli, Estelita Emily
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