Morphology Data of Awaous lateristriga
Identification keys
Main Ref. Harrison, I.J., P.J. Miller and F. Pezold, 2003
Appearance refers to
Bones in OsteoBase

Sex attributes

Specialized organs
Different appearance
Different colors

Descriptive characteristics of juvenile and adult

Striking features none
Body shape lateral fusiform / normal
Cross section circular
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

Diagnosis: snout 33-38% of head length; mouth with 2-3 rows of small, caniniform teeth; head length 24-31% of standard length; 2 fleshy processes on posterior of gill chamber, just inside gill opening; 35 or less cycloid predorsal scales, extending to vertical level of posterior part of preoperculum, predorsal scales may rarely be absent; cheeks and operculum naked; body with strongly ctenoid scales, numbering 54-66 (usually 59 to 63) in longitudinal series (including usually 3-4 scales on caudal fin base); 13-20 scales in rearward transverse series; 16-21 scales around caudal peduncle; 1st dorsal fin: VI; second dorsal fin: I,10 (rarely 11); anal fin: I,9-11 (usually 10), opposed to 2nd dorsal fin; pectoral fins: 14-17; caudal fin: 17 segmented rays (11 to 13 of which are branched); pelvic fins oval; yellowish dorsally, with several (about 14) bands of brown spots over dorsum (Ref. 57403, 79590).

Description: oculoscapular canal almost always continuous (Ref. 57403, 79590), from anterior nostril to rear margin of the opercle (Ref. 79590), incorporating pores A, B, C (double), D (single), F (single), G, H (not always apparent), J, K and L (Ref. 57403). Upper jaw slightly hangs over lower jaw; upper lip thick; head broader than deep; caudal fin rounded (Ref. 4967, 13444).

Coloration: Preserved specimens: head with approximately 4 bands of brown spots running anteroventrally from suborbital and upper preopercular regions towards jaws; upper part of operculum with a few brown spots; nape with several, distinct brown spots; body yellowish dorsally, with several (about 14) bands of brown spots on dorsum; flanks bearing 5-10 brown patches near lateral midline, last is close to base of caudal fin; ventral surface of body pale whitish; dorsal fins pale, with marbled brownish areas; anal and pelvic fins pale; pectoral fin pale but with some brown speckling forming vague bands on dorsal parts of fin; caudal fin with at least 3 cross bars consisting of brown dots; juvenile fish, <20 mm SL, often with a large, dark spot on posterior part of base of 1st dorsal fin and flanks with distinct dark bars which fade to become the brown patches near the lateral midline in larger fish (Ref. 57403, 79590). In life: body grayish, or perhaps purplish above lateral midline, with white bands on midline and some golden spots on dorsum; bright white marks on dorsal and caudal fins; anal and pelvic fins with white distal margin; spots on body and fins carmine-red to purple-red (Ref. 57403, 79590).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Awaous lateristriga

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line
Pored lateral line scales
Scales in lateral series 54 - 66
Scale rows above lateral line
Scale rows below lateral line
Scales around caudal peduncle 16 - 21
Barbels 0
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb
on upper limb


Dorsal fin(s)

Attributes no striking attributes
Fins number 2
Finlets No. Dorsal   0 - 0
Ventral  0 - 0
Spines total 7 - 7
Soft-rays total 10 - 11
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin

Attributes more or less truncate

Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 1 - 1
Soft-rays total 9 - 11

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  more or less normal
Soft-rays   14 - 17
Pelvics Attributes  more or less normal
Position    thoracic  before origin of D1
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Sa-a, Pascualita
Modified by Musschoot, Tobias
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