Psilotris Key to Species
from Smith & Baldwin 1999

1a Pectoral fin with dark brown to black bar running dorsoventrally at a posterior
angle across fin; dorsal and caudal fins also with dark bars; anal-fin elements
7 or 8 (usually 7); second dorsal-fin elements 9-10
(nearly always 9)........................................................................ P. batrachoides
1b Pectoral fins lacking bar running dorsoventrally at a posterior angle across fin,
fin is bicolored (upper half black) or unpigmented; anal-fin elements 8-11 . 2
2a Pectoral-fin rays 15; anal-fin elements 8-9 .............. P. alepis
2b Pectoral-fin rays 16-19; anal-fin elements 9-11 ............................. 3
3a Caudal fin with 3 oblique, dark bars; snout vert short and blunt, with steep anterior
profile; second dorsal-fin elements 11-12 . P. amblyrhnchus
3b Caudal fin without 3 oblique, dark bars; snout more acute, with flatter anterior
profile; second dorsal-fin elements 10-11 ............. 4
4a Pectoral fin bicolored, dark brown to black on upper 9-11 rays and membranes
and white below; anal-fin elements 10-11 (usually 11) P. kaufmani
4b Pectoral fin not bicolored; anal-fin elements 9-11 (usually 10) .......................... 5
5a Posterior end of jaw extending past posterior margin of pupil; caudal
peduncle slender (80-89 thousandths of SL); snout short (44-55
thousandths of SL) ................................................................................... P. boehlkei
5b Posterior end of jaw not extending past posterior margin of pupil; caudal
peduncle deeper (greater than 92 thousandths of SL); snout longer
(greater tha 55 thousandths of SL) ........................ P. celsus

 

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