Syngnathus cyanospilus   Bleeker,  1854 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 15.2 cm.

Color: Brown, trunk laterally with dark transverse bars on the limits of the rings, tail with numerous irregular whitish spots, which are blue in life. Dorsal with black oblique streaks. Ventral crista blackish.

Elongated, trunk heptagonal, the ventral crista very high, tail tetragonal, about 2 1/2 times longer than trunk. Shields transversely striated, their edges smooth or slightly crenulated. Median cristae of trunk, deflected on the last trunk-ring to inferior cristae of tail, which they nearly reach, but with which they do not coalesce. Superior cristae of trunk reaching to about middle of dorsal, anterior end of superior cristae of tail reaches nearly to commencement of dorsal. Head 7 1/2 - 8 1/2 times in length, low, its rostro-frontal profile somewhat concave. Front and vertex transversely striated. Snout somewhat longer than postorbital part of head, with a median rather high keel, running to concave interorbital space. A scalloped nuchal crest beginning on vertex and reaching to first body-ring. Operculum inflated, with a conspicuous longitudinal keel, which is complete or nearly so, form it radiate fine striae. Caudal shorter than postorbital part of head.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Syngnathus cyanospilos Bleeker, 1854
Syngnathus Mossambicus Peters, 1855
Syngnathus Kuhlii Kaup, 1856
Syngnathus mossambicus Gunther, 1866
Syngnathus cyanospilus Gunther, 1870
Syngnathus Kuhlii Dumeril, 1870
Syngnathus cyanospilos Day, 1880
Doryichthys spaniaspis Jordan and Seale, 1907
Syngnathus cyanospilos Max Weber, 1913
Syngnathus cyanospilus Duncker, 1915
Syngnathus cyanospilus Weber and de Beaufort, 1922

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Maharashtra, Colaba (Lat: 18.92) (Long: 72.82) INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Chettalatt INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • (1998) Marine crabs of India National Institute of Oceanography Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Weber, M; Beaufort, LF (1922) The fishes of the Indo-Australian Archipelago Print times, Pataudi house, Daryaganj, New Delhi 4 410 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Jones, S and Kumaran, M (1980) Fishes of the Laccadive Archipelago The Nature Conservation and Aquatic Sciences Service, Trivandrum, Kerala 760 pp Available at - NIO, Goa

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