Zenarchopterus buffoni [Status Unaccepted]   (Valenciennes)  1847 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Size: 23 cm.

Color: In preserved specimens brownish with a distinct silvery lateral band, bordered above by a faint black line. A black line runs along the middle of upper side of the lower jaw and is continued backwards to between the eyes, forming a median longitudinal stripe on the triangular part of the upper jaw. Distal part of dorsal and often also of anal black. Caudal more or less dusky.

Compressed, the breadth of the body going 1.3-1.6 in its height. Height 7.5-10, 9.7-13 in length with caudal. Head from tip of upper jaw to branchial opening 2.4-3 in trunk. Entire head a little more or less than 2, 2.3-2.4 in trunk. Entire head a little more or less than 2, 2.3-2.4 in length with caudal. Length of lower jaw beyond extremity of upper jaw 3.4-3.6 in length, about 4 in length with caudal. Eye 1.5-1.9 in postorbital space. Triangular part of upper jaw somewhat broader than long, scaly above. Praeorbital much higher than long and much shorter than eye. Teeth conical, curved backwards, in bands of about 4 rows in each jaw. Origin of anal below 4th dorsal ray. Base of anal 2.5-3 in length of dorsal. Dorsal rounded, none of the rays prolonged, the fourth sometimes somewhat thickened. In males the 6th and 7th rays of anal are somewhat enlarged and thickened, but not so much as to reach to the base of the caudal. Pectorals about equal to head without snout. Ventrals half as long as pectorals, about twice nearer to caudal than to frontborder of eye. Caudal obtusely rounded.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Hemiramphus Buffonis Cuvier and Valenciennes 1846
Hemiramphus Buffonis Bleeker 1852
Hemirhamphus striga Blyth 1859
Zenarchopterus buffonis Bleeker 1866
Hemirhamphus buffonis Gunther 1866
Zenarchopterus Buffoni Bleeker 1872
Hemirhamphus buffonis Day 1888
Zenarchopterus buffonis Fowler 1905
Zenarchopterus buffonis Seale 1910

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman INDIA (Record: 1922)
• Maharashtra, Mumbai INDIA (Record: 1922)

Literature Source(s)
  • 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 (1922) The fishes of the Indo-Australian Archipelago Print times, Pataudi house, Daryaganj, New Delhi 4 410 pp Available at - NIO, Goa

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