Morphology Data of Hypoplectrus castroaguirrei
Identification keys
Main Ref. Del Moral Flores, L.F., J.L. Tello-Musi and J.A. Martínez-Pérez, 2012
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 short and / or deep
Cross section
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 its coloration pattern: pale yellow body with a black vertical bar going from the dorsal edge of the head to the edge of the ventral preopercle; triangular black spot at the preopercle and another one that runs along the caudal peduncle; head with iridescent blue vertical lines bordering the eyespot, the contour of the eye socket and the triangular spot; anal, caudal and pelvic fins are bright yellow; pectoral fins are very faint yellow; dorsal fin is pale yellow with oblique positioned blue stripes (Ref. 90371).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Hypoplectrus castroaguirrei

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 55 - 55
Pored lateral line scales
Scales in lateral series
Scale rows above lateral line 12 - 12
Scale rows below lateral line 24 - 28
Scales around caudal peduncle
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb
on upper limb


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 10 - 10
Soft-rays total 15 - 15
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 3 - 3
Soft-rays total 7 - 7

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Spines     0
Soft-rays   14 - 14
Pelvics Attributes  
Spines     1
Soft-rays   5 - 5
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
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