Apogon orbicularis   Cuvier,  1828 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Size: 10.4 cm.

Color: In alcohol specimens reddish brown or yellow. A transverse black band running from origin of first dorsal to belly before anus. A black spot on lateral line at a short distance of base of caudal, which has four similar spots, arranged in a semicircle. Longitudinal rows of scales marked by black spots, more distinct posteriorly and especially large in the middle of the caudal peduncle, where they may fuse into a longitudinal band. Head with black spots. Frontborder of both dorsals, base of second dorsal and hindmargin of ventrals black. First dorsal sometimes with black spots.

Body much elevated, dorsal profile raising stepply from snout to dorsal. Height 1.8-2, 2.5-2.7 in length with caudal. Head 2.2-2.8, 3.3-3.7 in length with caudal. Eye 2.1-2.8, longer than snout. Mouth oblique, maxillary reaching to below middle of eye in larger specimens. Two vertical rows of scales on praeoperculum, which is denticulated along its hind and lower border. Praeopercular ridge smooth. Villiform teeth in bands in jaw and on palatines and in a V on vomer. Origin of first dorsal somewhat behind that of ventrals, first spine minute, second longest and strongest, at least as long as headwithout snout. Third one not much shorter but the following ones decreasing rapidly in size, the hindborder of the fin being therefore vertical when the spines are erected. Spine of second dorsal about equal to snout and eye, longest soft rays longer than head without snout. First anal spine minute, second spine long, curved forward, less than head without snout, the first soft rays longer. Pectorals about equal to head without snout. Ventral spine strong, less than eye and snout. Lateral rudimentary rays of caudal more or less spiny. Caudal feebly incised. Least height of caudal peduncle equal to snout and eye.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Apogon orbicularis Quoy and Gaimard, 1834
Apogon orbicularis Bleeker, 1852
Apogon nigromaculatus Hombron and Jacquinot, 1854
Amia orbicularis Bleeker, 1865
Amia nigromaculata Bleeker, 1874
Apogon orbicularis Gunther, 1875
Apogon orbicularis Day, 1878

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands (Lat: 12.5) (Long: 92.75) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman INDIA (Record: 1929)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Herre, AWCT (1938) A list of the fishes known from the Andaman Islands Memoirs of the Indian Museum The Manager of Publications, Delhi 13 331-403 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
  • Weber, M; Beaufort, LF (1929) The fishes of the Indo-Australian Archipelago E. J. Brill Ltd. 5 458 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Bali aquatic Available at - http://www.baliaquatic.co.id/
  • Talwar, PK (1990) Fishes of Andaman and Nicobar Islands: A synoptic survey Journal of the Andaman Science Association Andaman Science Association, Port Blair 6(2) 71-102 Available at - NIO,Goa

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