Morphology Data of Parupeneus minys
Identification keys
Main Ref. Randall, J.E. and E. Heemstra, 2009
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
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales

This species is distinguished by the following characters: pectoral-fin rays 15-16; gill rakers 6 + 21-22; elongated body, depth 3.95-4.3 in SL; head length 2.9-3.05 in SL; interorbital space flat medially; snout length 2.05-2.3 in HL; posterior edge of maxilla symmetrically convex with maximum depth of maxilla 5.45-5.8 in HL; barbel length 1.35-1.45 in HL; the longest dorsal spine 1.8-1.95 in HL; pectoral fins 1.3-1.4 in HL; pelvic fins 1.5-1.65 in HL; colour of alcohol preserved specimens uniform tan except those from the Seychelles with areas of white ventrally on head below eye and on lower two/fifths of body; dark markings absent; translucent fins pale yellowish. Colour when fresh, pink dorsally, pale pink to white ventrally, with an indistinct pale yellow stripe along lateral line; some lateral-line scales with a bluish white dash; a bluish white line encircling ventral part of eye and continuing obliquely to upper lip; 3 small bluish white blotches dorsally on head, one directly above eye; barbels white; median and pelvic fins translucent blotchy yellow with small pale blue to whitish spots along rays that outline faint transverse yellowish bands (Ref. 82838).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Parupeneus minys

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 27 - 27
Pored lateral line scales
Scales in lateral series
Scale rows above lateral line 2 - 2
Scale rows below lateral line 5 - 5
Scales around caudal peduncle 14 - 14
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb 21 - 22
on upper limb 6 - 6
preanal 10 - 10
total 24 - 24


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number 2
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 8 - 8
Soft-rays total 9 - 9
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total 0 - 0
Soft-rays total 7 - 7

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Soft-rays   15 - 16
Pelvics Attributes  
Spines     1
Soft-rays   5 - 5
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Capuli, Estelita Emily
Modified by Reyes, Rodolfo B.
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