Morphology Data of Blenniella cyanostigma
Identification keys
Main Ref. Springer, V.G. and J.T. Williams, 1994
Appearance refers to
Bones in OsteoBase

Sex attributes

Specialized organs
Different appearance
Different colors
Remarks Male dorsal and anal fin elements, and also caudal vertebrae significantly higher count than in females. Occipital crest higher in males (Ref. 9962).

Descriptive characteristics of juvenile and adult

Striking features
Body shape lateral elongated
Cross section
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales

Diagnosis: Dorsal fin XII to XIV, 19 to 22, notched between spinous and segmented-ray portions; anal fin II, 19-22; pectoral rays 13-15 (usually 14); pelvic fin I, 3; caudal fin procurrent rays 10-14, segmented rays 13. Vertebrae 11-12 + 27-29. Last pleural rib on 12-13th vertebrae. Orbital cirrus simple filamentous; nasal cirri short and simple to palmate with 2-6 branches; nape without cirri. Lateral line, continuous anterodorsally below dorsal spine 6-7th to 9-10th, disconnected posteroventrally up to below dorsal spine 12-13th. Mandibular pores 4-6. Lips margin entire. Occipital crest present, higher in males (Ref. 9962). Body depth at anal-fin origin 5.6-6.1 in SL (Ref. 90102). Males with dusky bands on body, each band with a vertical pair of oblong spots; dark spot behind eye and opercle (Ref. 4404). Females with faintly dusky bands on body overlain by dark lines that break up into dashes at posterior portion; dark spots on median fins (Ref. 4404).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Blenniella cyanostigma

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
preanal 11 - 12
total 38 - 40


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number 1notched No
Finlets No. Dorsal   0 - 0
Ventral  0 - 0
Spines total 12 - 14
Soft-rays total 19 - 22
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 2 - 2
Soft-rays total 19 - 22

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Spines     0
Soft-rays   13 - 15
Pelvics Attributes  
Spines     1
Soft-rays   3 - 3
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Garilao, Cristina V.
Modified by Olisa, Kristine Elaine Paz
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