Morphology Data of Chelidoperca santosi
Identification keys
Main Ref. Williams, J.T. and K.E. Carpenter, 2015
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 distinguished by the following characters: D X,10; 40-45 serrae on preopercle; posttemporal with 5-7 spines on exposed portion at beginning of LL; 42-45 lateral-line tubed scales; 2.5-3.0 scales above lateral line to dorsal origin; body color pinkish without dark markings; snout with row of 4 small dark spots (2 in front of each eye); 2 dark spots on chin (one on each side of symphysis of dentaries); maxillaries pinkish anteriorly with posterior half white with dusky streak positioned centrally near dorsal edge; pelvic fin white with yellow streak on middle rays; white anal fin with 6 large yellow spots separated by broad white interspaces and a narrow yellow distal border; caudal fin with reddish pink base surrounding small pinkish white spot over bases of middle rays, remainder of fin white with 4 narrow yellow bands and yellowish distal margin; caudal-fin shape weakly emarginate (Ref. 98907).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Chelidoperca santosi

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line
Pored lateral line scales 42 - 45
Scales in lateral series
Scale rows above lateral line 2.5 - 3
Scale rows below lateral line
Scales around caudal peduncle 19 - 20
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb
on upper limb
total 20 - 22
preanal 10 - 10
total 24 - 24


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
Spines total 3 - 3
Soft-rays total 6 - 6

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Soft-rays   16 - 16
Pelvics Attributes  
Spines     1
Soft-rays   5 - 5
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
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