Meganthias filiferus     (Fish)
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Class: Actinopterygii

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Colour: Head and body pink with several yellow markings that include a broad, slightly greenish yellow area on top of head from upper edge of eye (interorbital area) to below first 4 dorsal-fin spines and extending out over the first four inter-spinous dorsal fin membranes. Rear part of spinous dorsal fin pink, the posterior 6 spines with a scarlet spot at tip of each spine; the first 4 dorsal-fin rays elongated, pinkish proximally and yellow distally, the second and third dorsal rays greatly elongated and merging to form a slender filament about equal to head length with a small oval red spot on the lower edge of yellow part of these two rays; rest of soft dorsal fin pinkish with a row of 6 small oval red spots near the fin margin, perhaps 2 or 3 red spots on 5th ray (fin membrane slightly damaged here); caudal fin pink, with dull yellow sub-marginal band along each lobe; upper margin of opercle yellow; a dull yellow band along vertical edge of preopercle, suborbital area, cheek above and behind maxilla and extending onto lower lip; maxilla pink, the upper edge yellow, upper lip and front of lower lip pink; pectoral and pelvic fins dusky yellow; anal fin pink proximally, the outer third and interspinous membranes bright yellow. The oval red spots on the soft dorsal fin are numerous (12) and scattered irregularly over the distal part of the fin; and this difference may be ontogenetic or sexually dimorphic.

Dorsal rays X, 18; anal rays III,8 ; pectoral rays 17; pelvic rays I, 5; lateral line scales 43–44. Scales above lateral line to 5th dorsal spine 4; Gill rakers; 12+25. Upper jaw with canine teeth, on anterior portion. Vomer and paltines with villiform teeth.

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• Arabian Sea INDIA (Record: 2009)
• South West Coast INDIA (Record: 26/08/2008)

Literature Source(s)
  • Akhilesh, KV; Pillai, NGK; Ganga,U; Bineesh, KK; Shanis, CPR and Manjebrayakath, H (2009) First record of the anthiine fish, Meganthias filiferus (Perciformes: Serranidae) from Indian waters Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 2 - Biodiversity records 1-2 Available at -
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -

Page last updated on:2009-08-06

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