Morphology Data of Bodianus flavipinnis
Identification keys
Main Ref. Gomon, M.F., 2001
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

Predorsal scales 15-24, reaching forward just in advance of above posterior margin of orbit; cheek scales extending forward only to corner of mouth; scales absent on lower jaw; teeth on dental ridge of each jaw in a single row, those anteriorly small but distinct, close behind and in line with prominent anterior canines; posterior tips of dorsal and anal fins rounded; caudal fin truncate to slightly rounded; red above and white below with two large white blotches above lateral line below spinous portion of dorsal fin; pectoral fins bright yellow (Ref. 44106).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Bodianus flavipinnis

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 32 - 35
Pored lateral line scales
Scales in lateral series
Scale rows above lateral line 5 - 6.5
Scale rows below lateral line 11 - 16
Scales around caudal peduncle
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb
on upper limb
total 14 - 17


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   0 - 0
Ventral  0 - 0
Spines total 12 - 12
Soft-rays total 10 - 12
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin

Attributes more or less truncate; more or less normal

Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 3 - 3
Soft-rays total 11 - 12

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Spines     0
Soft-rays   16 - 18
Pelvics Attributes  
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Garilao, Cristina V.
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