Morphology Data of Chelidoperca cerasina
Identification keys
Main Ref. Ogino, A., S.H. Lee, W.J. Chen and M. Matsunuma, 2020
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
Cross section compressed
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales

This species is distinguished from its congeners by the following set of characters: pectoral-fin rays 14-15 (modally 15); pored lateral-line scales 43-45 (44); scale rows in longitudinal series 43-46 (45); scale rows above lateral line 4 and between lateral line and base of 6th dorsal-fin spine 4; cheek scale rows 8-9 (8); posttemporal serrae 1-3 (2); preopercular serrae 14-39 (26); interopercular serrae 4-11 (8); subopercular serrae 6-17 (12); interorbital scales reaching the mid-orbit level but not extending beyond anterior margin of orbit; scales on ventral surface of lower jaw restricted to angular, none on dentary; tip of caudal fin upper lobe elongated and slightly longer than lower lobe in specimens >ca. 10.0 cm; relatively long dorsal-fin spines, length of first spine 5.6-7.4 (mean 6.7)% of SL, second 8.6-10.9 (10.1)% of SL;

anal-fin spines and soft rays relatively short, length of first spine 3.7-5.3 (4.6)% of SL, second 5.5-6.9 (6.3)% of SL, penultimate soft ray 13.7-16.4 (14.9)% of SL, longest soft ray 13.9-16.4 (15.1)% of SL; caudal-fin length 22.9-32.9 (28.3)% of SL; relatively broad inter-opercular spine, its width 5.2-6.6 (5.8)% of SL; pelvic fin short, the tip not reaching anus when adpressed; antrorse canine teeth in upper jaw, an outer row of enlarged dorsally directed canines in lower jaw. Colouration: side of body without black bands nor blotches; an orange spot on pectoral- and caudal-fin bases (Ref. 123211).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Chelidoperca cerasina

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line
Pored lateral line scales 43 - 45
Scales in lateral series
Scale rows above lateral line 4 - 4
Scale rows below lateral line 10 - 11
Scales around caudal peduncle 18 - 20
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb 12 - 14
on upper limb 5 - 7
total 18 - 22


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 10 - 10
Soft-rays total 10 - 10
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 3 - 3
Soft-rays total 6 - 6

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Soft-rays   4 - 15
Pelvics Attributes  
Spines     1
Soft-rays   5 - 5
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
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