Morphology Data of Neocentropogon mesedai
Identification keys
Main Ref. Fricke, R., D. Golani, B. Appelbaum-Golani and U. Zajonz, 2018
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
Cross section compressed
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales

This species have the following characters: lacrymal with 2 spines and low nuchal ridge is without spine; pterotic, posttemporal and humeral have 1 spine each; two convex interorbital ridges with no spines, closest together above the centre of orbit; preopercle with 5 spines, the uppermost is the largest; opercle with 2 ridges, the upper ending in a spine; lower jaw protruding, with a small knob at the symphysis; gill rakers 9-10 + 1; lateral-line scales 22-23; dorsal fin beginning on the level of the posterior end of the pupil; D XIII,8 with the last ray attached to caudal peduncle by a membrane; A III,5 with the last ray attached to caudal peduncle by a membrane; pectoral-fin rays i,10,iii-iv (total 14-15); pelvic-fin I,5. Colouration: head and body light brown, the sides pale brown belly whitish; eye dark grey; peritoneum pale; dorsal fin light brown, membranes of spinous section distally blackish with the soft dorsal transparent, with irregular brown spots arranged in three oblique rows; anal fin pale, the membranes of spinous section distally dark brown, distal one-third of soft section with irregular

brown spots; pectoral fin with a basal brown blotch, an upper central vertical row of dark brown spots, distal one-third brown, with irregularly arranged dark brown spots; pelvic fin distally blackish; caudal fin pale, the upper half with 6 rows of irregularly arranged brown spots, lower half with four such rows, distal one-fourth dark brown (Ref. 122804).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Neocentropogon mesedai

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 22 - 23
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 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 13 - 13
Soft-rays total 8 - 8
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 3 - 3
Soft-rays total 5 - 5

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Soft-rays   14 - 15
Pelvics Attributes  
Spines     1
Soft-rays   5 - 5
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Capuli, Estelita Emily
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