Apsilus fuscus   Valenciennes,  1830 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Freitas, R.

Size: 60-75 cm.

Color: Generally brown, lighter on ventral surface.

Body moderately elongate, fusi form and compressed. Maxilla extending posteriorly to below front of eye; teeth in jaws all villiform, no enlarged canines; teeth present on vomer and palatines (roof of mouth); interorbital space broad and convex. Dorsal fin continuous and not incised at junction of spiny and soft portions with 10 spines and 10 soft rays; anal fin with 3 spines and 8 soft rays; none of the dorsal or anal soft rays noticeably elongated; pectoral fins shorter than head and not reaching level of anal fin; caudal fin deeply forked. Scales in lateral line about 64 to 68; dorsal and anal fins scaleless.

Synonym (s)
Apsilius fuscus Valenciennes, 1830

Common Name (s)
• Forktail snapper (English)
• African Forktail Snapper (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Caught with handlines and marketed mainly fresh, Flesh of good quality.)

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Rocky
Prey:  small fishes, squids and crustaceans


• South INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy Island (Lat: 8.11) (Long: 73.3) INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Fischer, W and Bianchi, G (Eds.) (1984) FAO species identification sheets for fishery purposes. Western Indian Ocean (Fishing Area 51) FAO, Rome 3 Available at - http://www.fao.org/docrep/009/ad468e/ad468e00.HTM#Contents
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at - http://www.fishbase.org
  • Jones, S and Kumaran, M (1959) The fishing industry of Minicoy Island with special reference to the tuna fishery Indian Journal of Fisheries Indian Council of Agricultural Research 6 (1) 30-57 Available at - http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/1866/1/Article_04.pdf
  • Pillai, PKM and Augustine, SK (2000) A code list of common marine living resources of the Indian seas CMFRI Special Publication No.12 CMFRI 1-115 Available at - eprints.cmfri.org.in/3975/1/Special_Publication_No_12_Revised.pdf

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