Chaetodon (Rhabdophorus) trifasciatus   Park,  1797 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Size: 12 cm.

Color: In alcohol specimens gray or pale brownish with parallel, somewhat oblique or concave longitudinal dark brown stripes on body, head with a blackish ocular band from neck to chest, separated by white white from blackish snout and from a narrow curved stripe along the preopercular margin, a similar cuneiform, yellow edged band from origin of soft anal to back of caudal peduncle, where it is broadest, a similar band along base of anal and across caudal, soft anal along its middle with a diffuse reddish stripe, pectorals and ventrals whitish.

Oval, posteriorly strongly compressed, back and post anal outline trenchant, height 1.5-1.8, head 3.2-3.5 in length, its rostro-dorsal profile ascending in a steep line. Eye 2.5-3, equal to or slightly shorter than broad convex interorbital space, conspicuously greater than short, bluntly rounded snout. Mouth small, horizontal, setiform teeth in a brush-like bundle, the mandibulary ones the longer, preoperculum finely serrated. Scales rounded, those on trunk in regular longitudinal and transverse series, the most superior and inferior curved, the median slightly ascending, decreasing in size posteriorly, also on head, chest and on median fins, lateral line running in a slightly curved line towards anterior third of rayed dorsal, reappearing again on caudal peduncle. Spinous dorsal nearly one third longer than soft, its spines strong, the middle ones the longest and strongest, shorter than head without snout, the ultimate ones weaker, as high as the anterior rays of the obtusely rounded soft dorsal, the median and postmedian rays of which are the longest, soft anal less high, it terminates angularly, second and third anal spine subequal, more or less than 1 1/2 times in length of head, pectorals acutely rounded, equal head, ventrals shorter, acute, not reaching vent, their spine equals head without snout. Caudal convex, least height of its peduncle as long as diameter of eye.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Chaetodon trifasciatus Mungo Park 1797
Chaetodon vittatus Bloch and Schneider 1801
Chaetodon vittatus Cuvier and Valenciennes 1831
Chaetodon tau-nigrum Cuvier and Valenciennes
Chaetodon austriacus Ruppell 1835
Chaetodon bellus Lay and Bennet 1839
Chaetodon vittatus Bleeker 1850
Chaetodon layardi Bleeker 1853
Chaetodon ovalis Montrouzier
Chaetodon vittatus Peters 1855
Chaetodon vittatus Montrouzier 1856
Chaetodon pepek Montrouzier
Chaetodon vittatus Gunther 1860
Chaetodon tau-nigrum Gunther
Citharoedus vittatus Kaup 1860
Citharoedus taunigrum Kaup
Citharoedus austriacus Kaup
Chaetodon vittatus Kaup 1863
Chaetodon austriacus Kaup
Sarothrodus vittatus Bleeker 1863
Tetragonoptrus vittatus Bleeker
Chaetodon vittatus Kner 1867
Chaetodon vittatus Guichenot 1866
Chaetodon trifasciatus Playfair 1866
Chaetodon vittatus Klunzinger 1870
Chaetodon vittatus Gunther 1874
Chaetodon tau-nigrum Gunther
Tetragonoptrus (Rhabdophorus) trifasciatus Bleeker 1877
Chaetodon klunzingeri Kossmann and Rauber 1876
Chaetodon trifasciatus Kossmann and Rauber 1877
Chaetodon vittatus Day 1888
Chaetodon vittatus Macleay 1881
Chaetodon trifasciatus Klunzinger 1884
Chaetodon (Tetragonoptrus) trifasciatus Sauvage 1891
Chaetodon trifasciatus Pfeffer 1893
Chaetodon trifasciatus Steindachner 1902
Chaetodon trifasciatus Jordan and Evermann 1905
Chaetodon trifasciatus M. Weber 1913
Chaetodon trifasciatus Ahl 1923
Chaetodon trifasciatus austriacus Ahl
Chaetodon trifasciatus caudifasciatus Ahl
Chaetodon trifasciatus arabica Ahl
Chaetodon trifasciatus Herre and Montalban 1927
Chaetodon trifasciatus Duncker and Mohr 1929
Chaetodon trifasciatus Fowler and Bean 1929
Chaetodon trifasciatus Herre 1931

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• INDIA (Record: 1936)
• Lakshadweep, Amini Island (Lat: 11.08) (Long: 72.75) INDIA (Record: 03/1954)

Literature Source(s)
  • Weber, M; Beaufort, LF (1936) The fishes of the Indo-Australian Archipelago Print times, Pataudi house, Daryaganj, New Delhi 7 607 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Balan, V (1958) Notes on a visit to certain islands of the Laccadive Archipelago, with special reference to fisheries Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society Bombay Natural History Society 55 (2) 297-306 Available at -

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