Morphology Data of Yasuhikotakia splendida
Identification keys
Main Ref. Roberts, T.R., 1995
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

Differs from all other species in having a large dark mark on caudal peduncle forming a complete ring (i.e. going completely around caudal peduncle) and outlined anteriorly as well as posteriorly by complete pale rings. It differs from all species except B. morleti in having dorsal, anal, and caudal fins pale or bright yellow, with distinctive round, oval, or oblong dark spots on caudal fin. It entirely lacks the complete dorsomedian black stripe diagnostic of the species B. morleti. Spots on the caudal fin fewer but larger, and submarginal dark stripe on dorsal and anal fins better defined than in B. morleti (Ref. 31466). Dorsal fin with 8 branched rays; 14-19 narrow irregular bars on side (Ref. 43281).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Yasuhikotakia splendida

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
total 31 - 31


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total
Soft-rays total 12 - 12
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin

Attributes forked; more or less normal

Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total
Soft-rays total

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  more or less normal
Soft-rays   13 - 13
Pelvics Attributes  more or less normal
Position    abdominal  behind origin of D1
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Torres, Armi G.
Modified by Froese, Rainer
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