Chriolepis vespa Hastings & Bortone, 1981

drawing from Hastings & Bortone


Head Pores - No head pores

Scales - Scales on posterior portion of body; 9-14 along lateral series; 2-6 rows at anterior are cycloid, 6-9 rows at posterior ctenoid; enlarged basicaudal scales present at upper and lower margins of caudal peduncle;

Fins - D1 - VII; D2 - 10; anal - 7-9; pectoral - 15-17; pelvic - I,5 rays 1-4 increase in length, ray 5 short, not branched

Head - Head plump; eyes large, slightly elevated and superior; mouth terminal; anterior nostril a short tube, posterior nostril a raised rim; tongue slightly emarginate.

Papillae - A transverse pattern with three vertical rows anterior to row b,

Color - Body pale yellowish, with pinkish tint anteriorly near pectoral base. Body translucent posteriorly (vertibrial column visible through caudal peduncle). Four prominent olive, vertical bars on body; first bar under mid-spinous dorsal fin, second just posterior to second dorsal-fin origin, third connecting end of second dorsal fin with end of anal fin, fourth at audal base. All bars extend to ventral outline of body and increase in intensity posteriorly. Two olive saddles on nape, first above preoperculum, second just anterior to pectoral-fin base. Four additional olive saddles on body, first at spinous dorsal-fin origin and one between each of the vertical bars; all saddles paler than vertical bars, and not extending below midline of body. Opercular region, lateral pectoral base, and chest cream-colored with a pink cast. Remaining body white ventrally. Head white from snout to preoperculum. Nape with an olive cast. Faint pink-orange pigment present on operculum. Bright yellow subocular bar extending vertically from orbit to angle of jaw. Lower jaw white. Branchiostegal membrane yellow. Iris golden. Spimous dorsal fin with a wide, yellow-olive band medially and a white band distally. Distal tips of spines yellow-olive. Second dorsal fin with three rows of yellow-olive spots seperated by three white bands. Second dorsal-fin margin black. Anal fin yellow-olive medially, black distally. Distal black band occupies one-fifth of fin anteriorly and grades to occupy three-fifths of the fin posteriorly. Two vertical bars on caudal fin followed distally by a white bar. Distal margin of fin with a black band. Lower caudal fin rays pale yellow with sparsely scattered chromatophores. Pectoral fin yellow-orange. Pelvic fin yellow-orange proximally, grey distally. (Hastings & Bortone '81)

Distribution - northeast Gulf of Mexico

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