Plesiops nigricans   Ruppell  1828 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Field, R.

Size: 16-17 cm.

Color: Independent of age, more or less brownish olivaceous, scales on head and often on body with a blue spot, on operculum a distinct blue or black, light-edged ocellus, fins blackish, spinous dorsal with a basal whitish (in live blue) stripe, soft dorsal, anal and caudal more or less white edged, caudal sometimes with interradial whitish dots.

Oblong, compressed, height 3 to 3 1/2 in length, 4 to 5 in length with caudal, equal to or somewhat less than head. Eye 3 1/2 to 4, its diameter 1/3 longer than snout. Rostro-frontal line convex. Jaws equal, maxillary reaching to behind eye. Praeoperculum with 4 to 5 oblique series of scales. Origin of dorsal above operculum, its spine slightly increasing in length to the last, which equal about half height of body and is much shorter than the rays of the acutely rounded soft dorsal. Third anal spine longest, about 2/5 length of head. Soft anal equalling about in height and form the soft dorsal. Caudal rounded, somewhat shorter than head. Pectorals rounded, their length about equal to that of postocular part of head. Ventrals inserted before origin of pectorals, their first elongate ray reaching anal.

Fertilization is external.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Pharopteryx nigricans Ruppell 1828
Plesiops caeruleolineatus Ruppell
Plesiops coeruleolineatus Bleeker 1853
Plesiops corallicola Bleeker
Plesiops nigricans Gunther 1859
Plesiops caeruleo-lineatus Gunther
Plesiops corallicola Gunther
Plesiops corallicola Kner 1867
Plesiops nigricans Klunzinger 1871
Plesiops coeruleolineatus Klunzinger
Plesiops corallicola Gunther 1875
Plesiops nigricans Bleeker 1875
Plesiops nigricans Day 1888
Plesiops nigricans Klunzinger 1884
Plesiops nigricans Boulenger 1895
Pharopteryx nigricans Jordan and Seale 1906
Plesiops nigricans Jordan and Richardson 1908
Plesiops nigricans M. Weber 1913
Plesiops nigricans de Beaufort 1913

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Aquarium )

Habitat:  Reef Associated


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman INDIA (Record: 1929)

Literature Source(s)
  • Majumdar, N (1984) On a collection of birds from Adilabad district, Andhra Pradesh Occasional paper no 65 Records of the Zoological Survey of India ZSI 23012 Available at - ZSI, Pune
  • Rouphael, T; Turak, E and Jon, B Seagrasses and mangroves of Yemen's Red Sea 41-89
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at -
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Weber, M; Beaufort, LF (1929) The fishes of the Indo-Australian Archipelago E. J. Brill Ltd. 5 458 pp Available at - NIO, Goa

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