Morphology Data of Parapercis natator
Identification keys
Abnormalities
Main Ref. Randall, J.E., H. Senou and T. Yoshino, 2008
Appearance refers to
Bones in OsteoBase

Sex attributes

Specialized organs
Different appearance
Different colors
Remarks

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
Diagnosis

This species is distinguished by the following characters: D V, 22 (one with VI); A I, 18; pectoral-fin rays 17 or 18 (usually 17); lateral-line scales 59-61; median predorsal scales 10-11; gill rakers 3-5+10-13; projecting lower jaw; canine teeth 3 pairs anteriorly in lower jaw; palatine teeth absent; vomer has a row of 10-14 small conical teeth; body scales finely ctenoid, becoming cycloid ventrally on abdomen, prepelvic area, nape, and below spinous portion of dorsal fin; above posterior margin of preopercle at level of dorsal edge of orbit is an isolated round patch of small cycloid scales; opercle and cheek with small, cycloid and partially embedded scales; preopercle with smooth margin; body depth 5.0-6.1 in SL; head length 3.3-3.6 in SL; snout length 3.65-4.5 in HL; orbit diameter 3.1-3.4 in HL; very broad interorbital space, 3.35-4.4 in HL; third or fourth dorsal spine longest, 3.25-3.65 in HL; caudal fin in females emarginate, in males lunate; pectoral fins slightly emarginate, 4.2-4.7 in SL; pelvic fins reaching or slightly extending posterior to origin of anal fin, 3.8-4.75 in SL. Preserved color of males pale yellowish with a slightly oblique, broad, purplish gray bar anteriorly on body, bordered by a pale bar and a narrow purplish gray bar; in females pale yellowish; base of membranes of spinous portion of dorsal fin dark brown. Color in life of males red to violet-red dorsally, grading to lavender-pink ventrally, a yellow bar beneath anterior fourth of soft portion of dorsal fin, bordered by a pale-edged bright red bar; spinous portion of dorsal fin orange-red, many yellow spots on the soft portion; caudal fin with deep red lobes; axil of pectoral fins with a bright red spot at the base and; in females light red dorsally on body with 10 darker red bars on about upper one-fourth that are narrower posteriorly; 14 orangish pink bars of unequal width on lower side of body; spinous portion of dorsal fin is bright orange-red, deep red to blackish at base except last membrane white; soft portion of dorsal fin with numerous red spots; caudal fin lobes red; base and axil of pectoral fins in a bright red spot bordered by white; juveniles has a narrow orange stripe, bordered by white, from behind eye to upper base of caudal fin, the anterior third showing paler lateral line; ventral half of body pink; spinous portion of dorsal fin red with a black spot near base of membranes, except white first and last membranes; soft portion of fin translucent with many dark reddish brown spots (Ref. 75205).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Parapercis natator

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 59 - 61
Pored lateral line scales
Scales in lateral series
Scale rows above lateral line
Scale rows below lateral line
Scales around caudal peduncle 30 - 30
Barbels
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb 10 - 13
on upper limb 3 - 5
total
Vertebrae
preanal
total 30 - 30

Fins

Dorsal fin(s)

Attributes
Fins number
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Ventral  
Spines total 5 - 6
Soft-rays total 22 - 22
Adipose fin

Caudal fin

Attributes

Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total 1 - 1
Soft-rays total 18 - 18

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Spines     
Soft-rays   17 - 18
Pelvics Attributes  
Position    
Spines     
Soft-rays   
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Capuli, Estelita Emily
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