Tetraroge niger   (Cuvier,  1829) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Chilika Development Authority

Size: 13.5 cm.

Color: Dark brown with 3-4 black blotches on the body.

Body is cylindrical with prominent caudal peduncle. Head profile is elevated dorsally. Teeth are small, pointed, re-curved in upper jaw and flattened, small in lower jaw. Opercle and pre-opercula is fleshy, triangular with a prominent spine. The dorsal fin has two parts; the first is spinous and originates from above the eye with a forward bending. First dorsal fin has 15 spines and the anal fin has 3 prominent spines. Second dorsal, anal and caudal fins are rounded. Pectoral fin is large and rounded. Pelvic fin is also rounded. Origin of the pectoral fin base and pelvic fin base is on the same plane. Lateral line is elevated anteriorly being prominent and continuous up to caudal fin. Possess venom glands at the base of some of the spines.

Synonym (s)
Apistus niger Cuvier, 1829
(Senior synonym)
Tetraroge niger (Cuvier, 1829)
(Senior synonym)
Apistus amblycephalus Bleeker, 1850
Tetraroge amblycephalus Gunther, 1860
Gymnapistus niger Day, 1875
Gymnapistus niger Bleeker, 1879
Prosopodasys nigra Sauvage, 1878
Gymnapistus niger Fowler, 1928
Gymnapistus niger Herre, 1952
Gymnapistus niger Munro, 1955
Gymnapistus niger (Cuvier, 1829)

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Dangers

Habitat:  Demersal


• Tamil Nadu, Chennai Coast INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Orissa, Chilika INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andamans 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 - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Marine Biological Station, Chennai, Tamil Nadu (2003) Checklist of marine fauna of Tamil Nadu Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu Available at - http://tnenvis.nic.in
  • 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 - http://tnenvis.nic.in/PDF/coastal%20data.pdf
  • Satapathy, D and Panda, S (2009) Fish atlas of Chilika Chilika Development Authority, Bhubaneswar 74 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at - http://www.fishbase.org
  • Beaufort, LF and Briggs, JC (1962) The fishes of the Indo-Australian Archipelago Pataudi House, Daryaganj, New Delhi 11 481 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • 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

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