Ambassis miops   Gunther,  1872 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: T. Suzuki

Size: 9 cm.

Color: In alcohol specimens brown, sides of head and a lateral band on head and body silvery. Membrane between second and third dorsal spine dark, as well as longitudinal band along each caudal lobe.

Oblong. Dorsal profile gently ascending in an almost straight line from snout to dorsal. Height 2.4-2.7, 3.1-3.5 in length with caudal. Head 2.7-3, 3.6-4 in length with caudal. Eye 2.7-2.8, about 1.3-1.5 in postorbital part of head. Snout shorter than eye. Interorbital space about three fourths of eye. Mouth very oblique. Maxillary reaching to below anterior border of eye or somewhat farther, its posterior end obliquely truncate, the hindborder not emarginate. Teeth in a single row in sides of jaws, in two or three rows near symphysis, where the outer teeth are somewhat curved backwards. Teeth on vomer and palatines in a single row. Teeth on root of tongue present. Praeorbital with some rather distant short spine. Praeopercular ridge with a spine at angle, preceded by some smaller spines, directed backwards. Lower border and inferior part of posterior border of praeoperculum with crowded denticulations. Orbital rim rough. Interoperculum smooth. Two rows of scales on cheeks. Dorsal separated by 13-16 scales from occiput. First dorsal spine small, second one stronger and longer than the others, equal to head without snout. Eighth spine slightly longer than anal spines, the third of which is longer than the second and somewhat more than postorbital part of head. Free border of soft dorsal and anal somewhat concave. Caudal deeply forked. Pectorals longer than head without snout. Ventrals equal to head without snout. Least height of caudal slightly less than its length, equal to or somewhat more than postorbital part of head. Lateral line complete, descending with a gentle curve from below dorsal to middle of tail.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Ambassis myops Day, 1888
Ambassis miops M. Weber, 1915
Ambassis miops Sundara Raj, 1916
Ambassis flores C. Popta, 1918
Ambassis lafa Jordan & Seale, 1906
(Junior Synonym)

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Demersal
Prey:  Nekton


• Tamil Nadu, Chennai Coast INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar 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
  • FishPix 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 -

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