Morphology Data of Paracheilinus carpenteri
Identification keys
Main Ref. Randall, J.E. and R. Lubbock, 1981
Appearance refers to
Bones in OsteoBase

Sex attributes

Specialized organs
Different appearance always different morphology between mature adults
Different colors

Descriptive characteristics of juvenile and adult

Striking features
Body shape lateral fusiform / normal
Cross section compressed
Dorsal head profile more or less straight
Type of eyes more or less normal
Type of mouth/snout more or less normal
Position of mouth terminal
Type of scales cycloid scales

In males, color is generally orange (yellow- or red-orange); lower fourth of head and body pale yellow; 2-4 dorsal soft rays prolonged (every other ray beginning with first). Males larger and more colorful than females; color of males intensify during courtship. Female specimens light red, pale white ventrally. Median predorsal scales 4-6 (Ref. 2139). Penultimate dorsal soft ray of males 1.8-2.2 in HL; two short dark stripes beneath pectoral fin (Ref. 41634).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Paracheilinus carpenteri

Lateral Lines 1 Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 18 - 23
Pored lateral line scales
Scales in lateral series
Scale rows above lateral line 2 - 2
Scale rows below lateral line 6 - 7
Scales around caudal peduncle 16 - 16
Barbels 0
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb
on upper limb
total 14 - 17
total 25 - 25


Dorsal fin(s)

Attributes other
Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 9 - 9
Soft-rays total 11 - 11
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin

Attributes more or less truncate; more or less normal

Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 3 - 3
Soft-rays total 9 - 9

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  more or less normal
Spines     0
Soft-rays   13 - 14
Pelvics Attributes  more or less normal
Position    thoracic  behind origin of D1
Spines     1
Soft-rays   5 - 5
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
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