Cheilodipterus macrodon   Lacepede  1802 (Fish)
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Class: Actinopterygii

Size: 20 cm.

Color: In alcohol specimens yellowish, with dark brown longitudinal bands equal to or broader or smaller than the interspaces. The first one, which is often indistinct, along median dorsal line from snout to base of caudal, divided in two before base of first dorsal and united again behind second dorsal. Second one from snout above eye to base of caudal. Third, fourth and fifth from eye to base of caudal, the fourth one in the median line of the body. Sixth from below eye through base of pectorals to lower part of base of caudal. Seventh from isthmus to end of base of anal. Eighth from base of ventrals, along base of anal, often indistinct. A dark blotch at middle of base of caudal, often forming a band encircling the caudal peduncle. Upper part of first dorsal more or less black. Upper and lower caudal rays dark brown. Anterior border of second dorsal and anal somewhat dusky, rest of the fins yellowish, ventrals often blackish in their posterior part.

Height 3.1-3.7, 4-4.7 in length with caudal. Head 2.5-2.8, 3.1-3.5 in length with caudal. Eye about 3, slightly more than snout. Interorbital space about three fourths of eye. Mouth somewhat oblique, jaws equal or lower jaw slightly included. Maxillary reaching to below hindborder of pupil. Very narrow bands of conical teeth in the jaws, more developed posteriorly than anteriorly and five or more large canines in each ramus, some of them subulate. Vomer and palatines with a narrow band of conical teeth, some of those on the vomer enlarged. Praeoperculum serrated, praeopercular ridge and praeorbital smooth. Dorsal spines weak. Spine of second dorsal equal to or somewhat longer than second anal spine, equal to distance between anterior border of pupil and tip of snout. Hindborder of soft dorsal and anal straight or somewhat concave. Pectorals and ventrals subequal, about as long as snout and eye. Caudal incised, the lobes rounded. Least height of caudal peduncle 1.5-2 in its length.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Cheilodipterus lineatus Lacepede
Cheilodipterus octuvittatus Cuvier and Valenciennes 1828
Cheilodipterus heptazona Bleeker 1849
Chilodipterus octovittatus Gunther 1859
Cheilodipterus lineatus Bleeker 1859
Paramia lineata Bleeker 1865
Cheilodipterus octovittatus Klunzinger 1870
Paramia macrodon Bleeker 1876
Paramia octolineata Bleeker
Cheilodipterus lineatus Day 1878
Chilodipterus macrodon Klunzinger 1884
Chilodipterus macrodon Day 1889
Paramia macrodon Jordan and Seale 1906
Cheilodipterus lineatus de Beaufort 1913

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• INDIA (Record: 1929)

Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Weber, M; Beaufort, LF (1929) The fishes of the Indo-Australian Archipelago E. J. Brill Ltd. 5 458 pp Available at - NIO, Goa

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