Morphology Data of Hypoatherina valenciennei
Identification keys
Main Ref. Ivantsoff, W. and L.E.L.M. Crowley, 1999
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

Free edge of premaxilla densely covered with minute shagreen denticles. Coronoid process of dentary not rounded as in other Hypoatherina species (Ref. 9760). Body covered by large round scales, head is nude except opercle is covered by scales. Silver white colored body (Ref. 41252).

Description: Characterized by 17-23 predorsal scales; body depth about 5.5 in SL; large eye, about 2.7 in head length; upper jaw extending slightly beyond vertical at front of eye; moderately long and wide ascending process and two short and wide lateral processes in premaxilla; ramus of dentary highly elevated posteriorly; jaws, palatines, vomer, meopterygoids and ectopterygoids with small teeth (Ref. 90102).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Hypoatherina valenciennei

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 0 - 0
Pored lateral line scales
Scales in lateral series 40 - 46
Scale rows above lateral line
Scale rows below lateral line
Scales around caudal peduncle
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb 20 - 26
on upper limb


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number 2
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 5 - 8
Soft-rays total 8 - 10
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 1 - 1
Soft-rays total 10 - 13

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Spines     1
Soft-rays   14 - 17
Pelvics Attributes  
Spines     1
Soft-rays   5 - 5
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Binohlan, Crispina B.
Modified by Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei
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