Morphology Data of Dentex abei
Identification keys
Main Ref. Iwatsuki, Y., M. Akazaki and N. Taniguchi, 2007
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 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 XII, 10; 14 pectoral fin rays; small orbit diameter (in head length, 3.09-4.09, mean 3.66); blunt snout angle (79°-83°, mean 81°); body prominent pinkish-red with silvery reflection, between each horizontal scale row below lateral line are 5-6 bright cobalt or blue small-spotted lines that are visible only from oblique dorsal view, similar line of small blue spots rising obliquely above lateral line; eye with uniformly reddish-gold sheen; absence of a prominent yellow blotch in the anterior nostril and snout region; dorsal fin rays with saffron-yellow membrane but each ray is reddish-yellow (Ref. 75039).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Dentex abei

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line
Pored lateral line scales 48 - 50
Scales in lateral series
Scale rows above lateral line 5 - 6
Scale rows below lateral line 14 - 15
Scales around caudal peduncle
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb 7 - 8
on upper limb 12 - 13
total 19 - 21
total 24 - 24


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 12 - 12
Soft-rays total 10 - 10
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total 3 - 3
Soft-rays total 8 - 8

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Spines     0
Soft-rays   15 - 15
Pelvics Attributes  
Spines     1
Soft-rays   5 - 5
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Casal, Christine Marie V.
Modified by Capuli, Estelita Emily
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