Morphology Data of Gobionellus microdon
Identification keys
Main Ref. Pezold, F., 2004
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 differs from its congeners by the following characters: mouth terminal and slightly oblique; upper pectoral fin base dusky, not dark; a large dark patch above the pectoral fin base on trunk just beneath nape, most distinct in males and large females; second dorsal fin with 13 elements, anal fin with 14 elements; the first and second dorsal fins are not broadly connected; small ctenoid scales on the body posteriorly, with cycloid scales limited to anteriormost portion of trunk, 50-73 in a lateral series; nape with many small scales; first gill arch with 8 thin rakers on ceratobranchial and 7 on epibranchial; third transverse suborbital row of free neuromasts on cheek extending dorsally above horizontal midcheek row ‘b’, usually to orbit; horizontal midcheek row ‘b’ not extending forward beyond third transverse suborbital row (Ref. 55435).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Gobionellus microdon

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 - 6
Soft-rays total 12 - 14
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total 1 - 1
Soft-rays total 13 - 14

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Soft-rays   17 - 20
Pelvics Attributes  
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Reyes, Rodolfo B.
Modified by Capuli, Estelita Emily
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