Morphology Data of Pterocaesio marri
Identification keys
Main Ref. Carpenter, K.E., 1987
Appearance refers to Male; Female
Bones in OsteoBase

Sex attributes

Specialized organs no special organs
Different appearance males alike females
Different colors males alike females

Descriptive characteristics of juvenile and adult

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

Upper body blue to greenish, lower whitish. 4-6 cheek scales; 24-32 predorsal rays; scaled dorsal and anal fins. Upper peduncular scale rows usually 12 or 13 (12-14); lower peduncular scale rows usually 16 or 17 (15-17). Post maxillary processes 2; posterior end of maxilla tapered. The process on ventrolateral surface of basioccipital for attachment of Baudelot's ligament not extending beyond a horizontal with condyle's rim (Ref. 1723). Caudal fin lobes with dark tips. Head length 3.0-3.7 in SL; body depth 3.4-4.6 in SL (Ref. 90102).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Pterocaesio marri

Lateral Lines 1 Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 68 - 76
Pored lateral line scales
Scales in lateral series
Scale rows above lateral line 9 - 11
Scale rows below lateral line 15 - 18
Scales around caudal peduncle 27 - 31
Barbels 0
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb 25 - 25
on upper limb 8 - 10


Dorsal fin(s)

Attributes extending over most of the back length
Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   0 - 0
Ventral  0 - 0
Spines total 10 - 11
Soft-rays total 14 - 16
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin

Attributes forked; more or less normal

Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 3 - 3
Soft-rays total 11 - 13

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  more or less normal
Spines     0
Soft-rays   22 - 24
Pelvics Attributes  more or less normal
Position    thoracic  before 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
Checked by Carpenter, Kent E.
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