Morphology Data of Skiffia francesae
Identification keys
Main Ref. Kingston, D.I., 1978
Appearance refers to
Bones in OsteoBase

Sex attributes

Specialized organs
Different appearance
Different colors
Remarks Sexual dimorphism marked in both proportional measurements and coloration.

Descriptive characteristics of juvenile and adult

Striking features
Body shape lateral short and / or deep
Cross section oval
Dorsal head profile more or less straight
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales

Males with a less prominent notch in dorsal fin; no irregular black spots on sides of body; a gray cast superimposed on gold body and gray fins. Head wedged shaped; upturned lips; proportionately larger head and orbit. Tendency to fewer lateral scales, predorsal scales and vertebrae. Male with fins larger, especially dorsal and anal fins; greater prepelvic length, head and body depths; first 6 anal-fin rays small folding into fleshy dermal pocket supported by 7th ray; dorsal fin notched, first 4-5 rays separated slightly from the rest.

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Skiffia francesae

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 30 - 35
Pored lateral line scales
Scales in lateral series
Scale rows above lateral line
Scale rows below lateral line
Scales around caudal peduncle 17 - 19
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb
on upper limb
total 26 - 34
total 30 - 35


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total
Soft-rays total 15 - 17
Adipose fin

Caudal fin

Attributes more or less truncate; more or less normal

Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total
Soft-rays total 14 - 15

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  more or less normal
Soft-rays   12 - 15
Pelvics Attributes  
Soft-rays   5 - 6
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Capuli, Estelita Emily
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