Morphology Data of Sphyraena putnamae
Identification keys
Main Ref. Senou, H., 2001
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
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales

Many typical chevron dark markings crossing lateral line on body; caudal fin largely blackish. No gill rakers on first arch, upper and lower gill arch with rough platelets, each platelet not bearing distinct spine.

Description: Characterized further by having close-set teeth, those in lower jaw angled backward; corner of preopercle lacking membranous flap; maxilla reaching below anterior edge of eye; moderate eye size; first dorsal origin over tip of pectoral fins and below or slightly behind base of pelvic fins; deeply forked caudal fin without inner lobes; depth of body 6.9-8.5 in SL (Ref. 90102).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Sphyraena putnamae

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 123 - 136
Pored lateral line scales
Scales in lateral series
Scale rows above lateral line
Scale rows below lateral line
Scales around caudal peduncle
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb
on upper limb
total 0 - 0


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number 2
Finlets No. Dorsal   0 - 0
Ventral  0 - 0
Spines total 6 - 6
Soft-rays total 9 - 9
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin

Attributes forked

Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 2 - 2
Soft-rays total 7 - 9

Paired fins

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