Morphology Data of Leiocassis aculeata
Identification keys
Main Ref. Ng, H.H. and R.K. Hadiaty, 2005
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
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth sub-terminal/inferior
Type of scales

Distinguished from congeners, except Leiocassis poecilopterus, in having the posterior tip of the supraoccipital process in contact with the nuchal plate. Further differs from L. micropogon in possessing a deeper body (19.8-20.8% SL vs. 10.0-18.9); and from L. poecilopterus in having a longer adipose fin (15.8-16.6% SL vs. 12.9-15.0) and longer dorsal (20.8% SL vs. 15.5-18.4) and pectoral spines (17.9-18.7 % SL vs. 14.5-17.5) (Ref. 55439).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Leiocassis aculeata

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line
Pored lateral line scales
Scales in lateral series
Scale rows above lateral line
Scale rows below lateral line
Scales around caudal peduncle
Barbels 8
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb
on upper limb
total 12 - 13
total 38 - 39


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 1 - 1
Soft-rays total 7 - 7
Adipose fin present

Caudal fin

Attributes forked

Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total
Soft-rays total 14 - 14

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Spines     1
Soft-rays   8 - 9
Pelvics Attributes  
Soft-rays   6 - 6
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Torres, Armi G.
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