Kraemeria samoensis   Steindachner,  1906 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 3.5 cm TL (male/unsexed)

Color: Translucent in life and whitish on preservation.

Body elongate, somewhat compressed and naked. Head 4.0-4.6 in standard length, 4.5-5.2 in total length. Depth of body 7.8-8.6 in standard length, 8.8-9.9 in total length. Eyes very small, superior in position and close together. Interorbital space narrow. Upper margin of maxilla, lower margin of mandible and lower opercular margin scalloped. Anterior nostril tubular. Gill openings wide, gill membranes free from isthmus. Mouth oblique, lower jaw projecting considerably beyond tip of snout; chin fleshy, forming part of dorsal profile. Teeth minute in jaws and a few on palatines. Tongue forked. Origin of dorsal fin 1.2-1.3 length of head behind tip of snout. Dorsal with five and anal with one flexible nonstriated spiniform rays, other rays simple and striated. Fifth spiniform ray separated. Dorsal and anal fin separated from caudal fin. Origin of anal fin below 7th or 8th dorsal ray, midway between tip of snout and base of caudal fin or slightly nearer to the former and 2.15-2.30 head length from tip of snout. Pectoral fin 2.7-3.0 in head. Ventral fin about half length of head. Bases of ventral fins united, first ray short, inner two rays longest.
Number of spines and rays in the dorsal fin: IV, I, 14-15; number of spines and rays in the anal fin: I, 13-14; number of rays in the pectoral fin: 8-9; number of spines and rays in the ventral fin: I, 5.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Kraemeria samoensis Steindachner, 1906
(Senior synonym)
Psammichthys nudus (non Regan, 1908)
(Misapplied name)
Kraemeria samoensis Steindachner, 1906

Common Name (s)
• Valuleve Mas
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Estuarine
Trophic Level:  Secondary Consumer
Prey:  Polychaetes


• Lakshadweep, Amini INDIA (Record: 1980)
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA (Record: 1980)
• Lakshadweep INDIA (Record: 1980)
• SEYCHELLES (Record: 1980)
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at -
  • Jones, S and Kumaran, M (1980) Fishes of the Laccadive Archipelago The Nature Conservation and Aquatic Sciences Service, Trivandrum, Kerala 760 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Jones, S. (1969) Catalogue of fishes from the Laccadive Archipelago in the reference collections of the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute. Bulletin of Central Marine Research Institute CMFRI, Cochin 8 1-35 Available at -

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