Morphology Data of Vanderhorstia auronotata
Identification keys
Main Ref. Randall, J.E., 2007
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 elongated
Cross section compressed
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales

This species is diagnosed using the following characters: D VI-I, 14; A I, 15; pectoral rays 17-18; scales in longitudinal series about 55; scales on head, nape and prepectoral area absent; body elongate, depth 5.55 in SL; orbit diameter 4.05 in HL; third dorsal spine longest, 3.95 in SL; caudal fin long and very pointed, 2.5 in SL; pectoral fins reaching to above origin of anal fin, 3.6 in SL; pelvic fins just reaching anus, 4.9 in SL (Ref. 75899).

Description: Characterized further by pale blue grey color with four narrow brown bars on side; base of caudal fin with broad semicircular bar; three dark-edged vertical yellow lines between each dark bar and two lines before first bar; cheek and opercle with dark-edged orange spots; dark brown blotch on upper part of opercle; united pelvic fins, presence of well developed frenum; cycloid scales covering body anteriorly, ctenoid posteriorly (Ref. 90102).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Vanderhorstia auronotata

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line
Pored lateral line scales
Scales in lateral series
Scale rows above lateral line
Scale rows below lateral line
Scales around caudal peduncle 13 - 13
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb 13 - 13
on upper limb 3 - 3
total 16 - 16


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number 2
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 7 - 7
Soft-rays total 14 - 14
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 1 - 1
Soft-rays total 15 - 15

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Spines     0
Soft-rays   17 - 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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