Ambassis urotaenia   Bleeker,  1852 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Size: 10 cm.

Color: Body all silvery and translucent with a dusky midlateral band. Back margin evenly dark. Membrane between 2nd and 3rd dorsal spine blackish

Dorsal spines (total): 8; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9 - 10; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 9 - 10. Dorsal profile ascending in a nearly straight line from snout to dorsal. Height 2.3-2.6, 3.2-3.5 in length with caudal. Head 2.5-2.9, 3.3-4 in length with caudal. Eye 2.4-2.6. Snout equal to or somewhat more than half diameter of eye. Interorbital space three fifth or two thirds of eye. Mouth very oblique, almost vertical. Dorsal separated from occiput by 8 to 9 scales. First dorsal spine small, second one longer and stronger than the others, equal to head without snout. Spine of second part of dorsal (eighth spine) shorter than second dorsal spine and equal to postorbital part of head. Third anal spine somewhat longer than second, equal to postorbital part of head and one third diameter of eye. Free border of soft part of dorsal and anal straight. Caudal deeply forked. Pectorals equal to head without snout or a little longer. Ventrals equal to snout and eye. Least height of caudal peduncle about equal to its length and to postorbital part of head. Lateral line with a sharp curve downwards at about 13th perforate scale, below anterior part of soft dorsal, often interrupted here, but continued along median line of caudal.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Ambassis urotaenia Day, 1878
Priopis lungi Jordan and Seale, 1907
Priopis lungi Seale and Bean, 1908
Ambassis urotaenia de Beaufort, 1913
Ambassis urotaenia M. Weber, 1913
Ambassis lungi (Jordan & Seale, 1907)
Ambassis papuensis Alleyne & Macleay, 1877
Priopis lungi Jordan & Seale, 1907

Common Name (s)
• Banded Tail Glassy Perchlet (English)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Demersal


• Tamil Nadu, Chennai Coast INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Pulicat Lake INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA

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
  • National museum of nature and science Available at -
  • Marine Biological Station, Chennai, Tamil Nadu (2003) Checklist of marine fauna of Tamil Nadu Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu Available at -
  • Dr. Ramesh, R; Dr. Nammalwar, P and Dr. Gowri, VS (2008) Database on coastal information of Tamil Nadu Report Submitted to Environmental Information System (ENVIS) Centre, Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu Institute for Ocean Management, Anna University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Available at -
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at -
  • Fischer, W and Bianchi, G (Eds.) (1984) FAO species identification sheets for fishery purposes. Western Indian Ocean; (Fishing area 51). FAO, Rome 1 Available at -
  • Raj, PJS (2006) Macro fauna of Pulicat lake NBA bulletin No.6 NBA Available at -
  • Talwar, PK (1990) Fishes of Andaman and Nicobar Islands: A synoptic survey Journal of the Andaman Science Association Andaman Science Association, Port Blair 6(2) 71-102 Available at - NIO,Goa
  • Pillai, PKM and Augustine, SK (2000) A code list of common marine living resources of the Indian seas CMFRI Special Publication No.12 CMFRI 1-115 Available at -

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