Morphology Data of Trimma lantana
Identification keys
Main Ref. Winterbottom, R. and C.A. Villa, 2003
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
Type of scales

Diagnosis: a frontal ridge behind the orbits that slopes steeply into a wide interorbital trench

anteromedially, and into postorbital trenches laterally; posterior nasal opening separate from anterior margin of eye; second spine of first dorsal elongate, third spine not elongate; fifth pelvic fin ray branched once dichotomously; body color on anterior half off-white, grey anteriorly with grey-blue snout, red-orange trunk grading to yellow caudally, with five white dorsolateral spots between peduncle and origin of first dorsal, and two white ventrolateral spots between the peduncle and anal fin; a red-orange bar and two irregular blotches under orbit; slightly darkened posterior margin of pectoral base (Ref. 57688).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Trimma lantana

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 21 - 25
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 2
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 7 - 7
Soft-rays total 7 - 9
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

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

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Spines     0
Soft-rays   15 - 18
Pelvics Attributes  
Spines     1
Soft-rays   5 - 5
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Capuli, Estelita Emily
Modified by Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei
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