Morphology Data of Hoplolatilus erdmanni
Identification keys
Main Ref. Allen, G.R., 2007
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 compressed
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth sub-terminal/inferior
Type of scales

This species differs from its congeners by the following characters: fewer lateral-line scales; reddish-brown bars on the side about 15 to 17; behind the eye is an obliquely angled, blue-edged yellow-orange stripe; across the operculum a thin blue stripe; across the entire caudal peduncle, a neon blue region; vivid red central caudal fin-rays (Ref. 75884).

Description: Preopercular serrae 14-19; greatest depth of body 3.5-3.7 in SL (Ref. 90102).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Hoplolatilus erdmanni

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 76 - 84
Pored lateral line scales
Scales in lateral series
Scale rows above lateral line 21 - 21
Scale rows below lateral line 33 - 33
Scales around caudal peduncle
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb
on upper limb
total 26 - 27
preanal 10 - 10
total 24 - 24


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 9 - 10
Soft-rays total 13 - 14
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 2 - 2
Soft-rays total 12 - 12

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Soft-rays   16 - 17
Pelvics Attributes  
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Capuli, Estelita Emily
Modified by Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei
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