Morphology Data of Stiphodon rubromaculatus
Identification keys
Main Ref. Keith, P. and G. Marquet, 2007
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 cycloid and ctenoid scales

This species is characterized by the following: pectoral rays 13-14; second dorsal fin with 9 segmented rays; premaxillary teeth 27-32; predorsal midline scales absent, the most anterior scale along the midline located below the anterior part of the second dorsal fin; males with more and larger symphyseal teeth than females (2 vs. 0); transverse scales in forward series 1-4, in backward series 7-9; typical color of males, body bright red on the flanks, orange on the belly and on the back; head bluish on cheeks, reddish nose; females greyish to brownish (Ref. 72456).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Stiphodon rubromaculatus

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 16 - 21
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 9 - 9
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 1 - 1
Soft-rays total 10 - 10

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Spines     0
Soft-rays   13 - 14
Pelvics Attributes  joint, cup-like
Spines     1
Soft-rays   5 - 5
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
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