Pterois mombasae   (Smith,  1957) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Randall, J.E.

Size: Max length 20.0 cm SL; common length 31.0 cm TL

Color: Reddish brown, slightly lighter below. Head and body covered with nearly regular brown bars that are separated by paler lines of nearly equal width; lines on head radiate from eye and enclose a brown ocellus on subopercle; 8 to 10 pale lines on body, most bifurcate above and below; bars on caudal peduncle thinner, extend posterodorsally. Dorsal fin spines with black and brown annular markings; segmented part of dorsal and anal fins pinkish, with black spots; pectoral fins brownish, with nearly continuous rows of darker spots; pelvic fins brown, rays lighter.

Body compressed. Head spines well developed. Dorsal fin with 13 spines, all shorter than body depth; anal fin with 3 spines; pectoral fin rays 19, all simple; pectoral fin reaches caudal fin base, with upper rays nearly free from fin membrane; caudal fin rounded. Scales ctenoid (rough).

Synonym (s)
Pteropterus mombasae Smith, 1957
(Senior Synonym)

Common Name (s)
• Frillfin Turkeyfish (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Fisheries; marketed fresh in small quantities, whole.)

Habitat:  Benthic, Reef Associated, Rocky


• Tamil Nadu, Chennai INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh, Off Visakhapatnam (Lat: 17.73) (Long: 83.55) INDIA (Record: 04/1989-03/1990) (Depth: 50 mts)

Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) 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 -
  • Encyclopedia of Life Available at -
  • Fischer, W and Bianchi, G (Eds.) (1984) FAO species identification sheets for fishery purposes. Western Indian Ocean (Fishing Area 51) FAO, Rome 4 Available at -
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at -
  • Sujatha, K (1995) Finfish constituents of trawl by-catch off Visakhapatnam Fishery Technology Society of Fisheries Technologists 32(1) 56-60 Available at - NIO, Goa

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