Ophiocara aporos   (Bleeker,  1854) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Size: 290 mm.

Color: Dark above, orange below. Scales of back and sides with dark spots. Two or three dark stripes, in life reddish, from eye to opercle. Fin membranes dark, rays orange. Dorsal fins, ventral and anal fin bordered with red. Base of pectoral fin with dark transverse stripe, bordered with red. Caudal fin spotted with yellow.

Body elongate, anteriorly cylindrical, posteriorly compressed, height 4-4 3/4 in length, 5 1/3 - 6 in total length. Head depressed, 3 1/4 - 3 1/2 in length, 4 -4 2/5 in total length. Profile concave. Eye 4-5 1/2 in head, interorbital 1-2 1/4 eye diameter. Snout pointed, from a little shorter than eye, tip before middle of eye. Anterior nostrils near margin of snout, in short tubes. Lower jaw a little prominent. Maxillary extends to below anterior part of eye. Teeth in many rows, small, outer row a little enlarged, sub equal. Two longitudinal mucous canals on cheek. Only 2-3 open pores along posterior margin of preopercle, no other open pores on head. Supraopercular groove indistinct. Scales of body ctenoid posteriorly, cycloid anteriorly. Head totally scaled. First dorsal fin obtuse, half as high as body, second, third and fourth rays are the longest. Second dorsal fin a little higher than the first. Anal fin equal to second dorsal fin, but lower. Pectoral fin obtuse, about as long as head without snout. Ventral fin a little shorter. Caudal fin obtuse, a little longer than head without snout.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Eleotris aporos Bleeker, 1854
Eleotris hoedtii Bleeker, 1854
Eleotris macrolepidotus Gunther, 1877
Eleotris ophiocephalus Day, 1870
Eleotris tolsoni Bleeker, 1854
Eleotris tumifrons Day, 1888
Hypseleotris agilis Herre, 1927
Eleotris aporos Gunther, 1861
Eleotris aporus Bleeker, 1865
Ophiocara aporus Bleeker, 1875
Ophiocara aporus Bleeker, 1877
Eleotris ophiocephalus Day, 1878
Eleotris planiceps Macleary, 1878
Eleotris aporocephalus Macleay, 1884
Eleotris macrolepidota Steindachner, 1901
Eleotris aporus M. Weber, 1908
Ophiocara aporos Jordan and Richardson, 1907
Eleotris hoedti M. Weber, 1911
Eleotris (Ophiocara) hoedti M. Weber, 1913
Eleotris (Ophiocara) aporos De Beaufort, 1913
Eleotris ophiocephalus Pietschmann, 1913
Ophiocara aporos McCulloch and Ogilby, 1919
Ophiocara macrolepidotus Fowler, 1928
Eleotris ophiocephalus Pellegrin, 1933
Ophiocara aporos Herre, 1936
Ophiocara aporos Tomiyama, 1936
Ophiocara aporos Koumans, 1937
Ophieleotris aporos Aurich, 1938
Ophiocara aporos rigonis Whitely, 1938
Mogurnda fulvescens Koumans, 1940

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andamans INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Nicobar INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Great Nicobar Island INDIA (Record: 08/2000-07/2003)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Koumans, FP (1938) Gobioid fishes of India Memoirs of the Indian Museum The Manager of Publications, Delhi 13 205-329 Available at - NIO, RC, Kochi
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Koumans, FP (1953) The fishes of the Indo-Australian Archipelago A. J. Reprints agency, Karol Bagh, New Delhi 10 423 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Rajaram, R; Srinivasan, M; Khan, SA and Kannan, L (2004) Ichthyofaunal diversity of great Nicobar Island, Bay of Bengal Journal of Indian fisheries association 31 13-26 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Das, AK and Roy, MKD (1989) A general account of the mangrove fauna of Andaman and Nicobar islands Fauna of conservation areas Zoological survey of India 1-152 Available at - NIO, Goa

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