Apogon auritus   Valenciennes,  1831 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Size: 8 cm.

Color: In preserved specimens yellowish brown, the body sometimes with rather faint darker crossbars, sometimes uniform. A few dark streaks on cheek radiating from eye. A large round darkbrown or blackish ocellus on operculum, encircled by white, above it a darkbrown streak. Fins light yellowish.

Oblong, dorsal profile evenly rounded. Height 2.6-2.7, 3.3-3.4 in length with caudal. Head 2.3-2.4, 2.8-3 in length with caudal. Eye about 3. Snout blunt, 1.6 in eye. Interorbital space narrow, more than twice in eye. Maxillary reaching almost or quite to below hindborder of eye. None of the bones of the head serrated. First dorsal spine minute, second one about half length of third, which is stronger and longer than the others, as long as longest soft rays of second dorsal and equal to eye and snout. Spine of second dorsal longer than second spine of anal and equal to diameter of eye. Longest soft anal rays somewhat shorter than those of dorsal. Pectorals and ventrals subequal, equal to distance from hindborder of operculum to pupil. Caudal rounded. Least height of caudal peduncle somewhat less than its length, less than postoebital part of head. Lateral line with tubes from head to 7th or 9th scale, the others with an opening only. Minute Villiform teeth in jaws.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Apogon variegatus Valenciennes, 1832
Apogon punctulatus Ruppell, 1837
Apogon punctulatus Bleeker, 1852
Apogonichthys polystigma Bleeker, 1854
Apogonichthys auritus Gunther, 1859
Apogonichthys auritus Playfair, 1866
Apogon (Apogonichthys) auritus Klunzinger, 1870
Apogonichthys punctulatus Bleeker, 1873
Amia polystigma Bleeker, 1876
Apogon auritus Gunther, 1875
Amia aurita Bleeker, 1875
Apogon auritus Day, 1878
Apogonichthys marmoratus Alleyne and Macleay, 1877
Apogon auritus Klunzinger, 1880
Apogonichthys polystigma Macleay, 1881
Apogonichthys polystigma Macleay, 1884
Apogonichthys auritus Steindachner, 1884
Apogon (Apogonichthys) auritus Klunzinger, 1884
Apogon auritus Sauvage, 1891
Apogon (Apogonichthys) auritus Pfeffer, 1893
Apogon auritus Seale, 1901
Apogon auritus Borsieri, 1904
Apogonichthys variegatus Jordan and Seale, 1906
Apogonichthys auritus Ogilby, 1908
Apogon variegatus Tate Regan, 1908
Apogon punctulatus Kendall and Goldsborough, 1911
Apogon auritus M. Weber, 1913
Apogon variegatus Bamber, 1915

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• INDIA (Record: 1929)
• Tamil Nadu, Mandapam INDIA

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 (1929) The fishes of the Indo-Australian Archipelago E. J. Brill Ltd. 5 458 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Murty, VS (1969) Catalogue of fishes (excluding from the Laccadives) in the reference collections of the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute Bulletin of Central Marine Research Institute CMFRI, Cochin 10 1-38 Available at - http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/571/1/Bulletin_10.pdf

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