Morphology Data of Chelidoperca formosa
Identification keys
Main Ref. Tang, C,-N. and H.-C. Ho, 2021
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 characters: the second to sixth dorsal-fin spines are distinctly long, the eighth and ninth spines distinctly short; pored lateral-line scales 35-36; scale rows between lateral line and the base of sixth dorsal-fin spine 4; lateral side of body with faint black blotches; developed gill rakers 1 (upper limb) + 7-8 (lower limb), total gill

rakers 14-17; cheek scale rows 4-5; preopercular serrae 37-50; interopercular serrae 8-14; subopercular serrae 14-22; posttemporal with a small bony crest with 2-4 serrae; interorbital scales extended to or slightly posterior to the level through the mid orbits; approximately two rows of small scales on the ventral side of the angular, dentary completely naked. Colouration: body and head orange red with four faint blotches on lateral side; the soft portion of dorsal and anal fins with several yellowish stripes; upper tip of caudal fin reddish (Ref. 125677).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Chelidoperca formosa

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line
Pored lateral line scales 35 - 36
Scales in lateral series
Scale rows above lateral line 4 - 4
Scale rows below lateral line 9 - 10
Scales around caudal peduncle
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb
on upper limb
total 14 - 17
preanal 10 - 10
total 24 - 24


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 10 - 10
Soft-rays total 10 - 11
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

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

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Pelvics Attributes  
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
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