Morphology Data of Hyporhamphus quoyi
Identification keys
Main Ref. Collette, B.B., 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
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales

Prolonged, beak-like lower jaw, shorter than head length, its length contained in 4.7-8.6 times in SL and 1.2-2.0 times in head length; upper jaw short, scaly, blunt and rounded, its width contained in 0.5-0.6 times in its length; preorbital bone 1.75-2.15 times in diameter of orbit and 0.9-1.15 times in length of upper jaw; preorbital ridge present; posterior branch to preorbital lateral line canal present. Total number of gill rakers on first arch 26-39; dorsal fin rays 14-17, usually 16; anal fin rays 13-17, usually 15 or 16. Caudal fin forked, with lower lobe longer than upper.

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Hyporhamphus quoyi

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 18 - 25
on upper limb 6 - 14
total 26 - 39
preanal 34 - 39
total 51 - 56


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 0 - 0
Soft-rays total 14 - 17
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 0 - 0
Soft-rays total 13 - 17

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Spines     0
Soft-rays   11 - 13
Pelvics Attributes  
Spines     0
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Binohlan, Crispina B.
Modified by Reyes, Rodolfo B.
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