Ostichthys archiepiscopus   (Valenciennes,  1862) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Randall, J.E.

Size: Maximum 28 cm; common to 24 cm.

Color: Light red, the centers of the scales paler, thus forming faint longitudinal bands.

Body oblong, depth 2.1 to 2.35 times in standard length; caudal peduncle slender, its least depth 3.8 to 4.7 times in head. Dorsal profile of head straight; head length 2.45 to 2.6 times in standard length; snout 3.7 to 4.3 times in head; no anteriorly directed spine on nasal bone of adults and no large spine at corner of preopercle. Premaxillary groove broadly V-shaped; vomerine teeth in a V-shaped patch. Dorsal fin continuous though deeply notched between spinous and soft portions; dorsal fin with 12 spines (the last spine shortest and close to soft portion of fin) and 13 or 14 soft rays; anal fin with 4 spines (the 3rd much stronger and larger) and 11 soft fin rays; pectoral with 15 fin rays. Lateral line scales 28 to 30 (usually 29); rows of scales above lateral line to middle of spinous portion of dorsal fin 2.5; a half scale directly anterior to upper half of first lateral line scale. Gillrakers 7 to 9+13 to 15.

Synonym (s)
Ostichthys pillwaxii (Steindachner, 1893)

Common Name (s)
• Straighthead Soldierfish (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Fisheries, marketed fresh)

Habitat:  Bentho Pelagic


Literature Source(s)
  • Randall, JE; Shimizu, T and Yamakawa, T (1982) A revision of the holocentrid fish genus Ostichthys, with descriptions of four new species and a related new genus 29(1) Available at - ZOOR:ZOOR11900009315
  • Letourneur, Y; Chabanet, P; Durville, P; Taquet, M; Teissier, E; Parmentier, M; Quero, JC and Pothin, K (2004) An updated checklist of the marine fish fauna of Reunion Island, south-western Indian Ocean Cybium 28(3) 199-216
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at - http://www.fishbase.org
  • 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 2 Available at - http://www.fao.org/docrep/009/ad468e/ad468e00.HTM#Contents

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