Morphology Data of Eviota zebrina
Identification keys
Main Ref. Allen, G.R. and M.V. Erdmann, 2012
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 elongated
Cross section oval
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales

This species is distinguished by the following characters: cephalic sensory-canal pore system without the IT pore only (pattern 2); all pectoral rays unbranched; dorsal/anal-fin formula 8-9/7-8 (usually 9/8 in the Pacific); fifth pelvic-fin ray 5-10% of fourth ray; preural centrum with a round dark spot, not wedge-shaped; caudal fin with 3-4 dark wavy vertical lines (Ref. 107299).

Description: semi-translucent greyish color with internal stripe of alternating yellowish white and dark brown; short brown stripe behind base of pectoral fin with row of white spots above and below; upper head and back with numerous narrow brown saddles; presence of six narrow brown bars above base of anal fin to lower caudal peduncle; each side of snout with horseshoe-shaped black mark on each side of snout; first four dorsal spines of male, sometimes elongate and filamentous; longitudinal scale series 21-24; ctenoid scales, absent on head, nape, breast and pectoral fin base; separated pelvic fins, bases joined by thin membrane; depth of body 5.0-5.5 in SL (Ref. 90102).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Eviota zebrina

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


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number 2
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 6 - 7
Soft-rays total 7 - 10
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 1 - 1
Soft-rays total 7 - 9

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Soft-rays   14 - 18
Pelvics Attributes  
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei
Modified by Capuli, Estelita Emily
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