Upeneus taeniopterus   Cuvier,  1829 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Randall, J.E.

Size: 25-33 cm.

Color: Silvery pink to orangish on back, shading to silvery white on side and ventrally, with 2 narrow yellow stripes (one at level of upper part of eye and the other at mid pectoral base); barbels whitish to yellowish to yellow; upper lobe of caudal fin with 6 transverse blackish bands and lower lobe with 4 or 5, the 2 lowermost broader and darker.

Body elongate, the depth 3.6 to 4.2 times in standard length. Chin with 2 slender barbels which nearly or just reach rear margin of preopercle, their length 1.35 to 1.6 times in head; maxilla reaching to below anterior third of eye; villiform teeth in bands in jaws, on vomer and palatines; gillrakers on first arch 21 to 24. First dorsal fin with 8 spines, the first minute; pectoral fin rays 13 or 14 (usually 14); pelvic fins nearly as long as pectorals. Lateral line scales 36 to 38; 5 1/2 vertical rows of scales in space between dorsal fins; 12 or 13 vertical rows of scales along upper of caudal peduncle.

Synonym (s)
Upeneus arge Jordan and Evermann, 1902

Common Name (s)
• Fin-Stripe Goatfish (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial, Dangers
(Marketed fresh; Cause hallucinations when eaten)

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Sandy, Muddy


• Tamil Nadu, Chennai Coast INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Great Nicobar Island INDIA (Record: 08/2000-07/2003)
• Andhra Pradesh, Off Visakhapatnam (Lat: 17.73) (Long: 83.55) INDIA (Record: 04/1989-03/1990) (Depth: 50 mts)

Literature Source(s)
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at - http://www.fishbase.org
  • 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
  • Fischer, W and Bianchi, G (Eds.) (1984) FAO species identification sheets for fishery purposes. Western Indian Ocean (Fishing Area 51) FAO, Rome 3 Available at - http://www.fao.org/docrep/009/ad468e/ad468e00.HTM#Contents
  • Rajaram, R; Srinivasan, M; Khan, SA and Kannan, L (2004) Ichthyofaunal diversity of great Nicobar Island, Bay of Bengal Journal of Indian fisheries association 31 13-26 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Rajaram, R and Nedumaran, T (2009) Ichthyofaunal diversity in great Nicobar biosphere reserve, Bay of Bengal Journal of Threatened Taxa Wildlife Information Liaison Development Society 1(3) 166-169 Available at - http://threatenedtaxa.org/ZooPrintJournal/2009/March/o198526iii09166-169.pdf
  • Pillai, PKM and Augustine, SK (2000) A code list of common marine living resources of the Indian seas CMFRI Special Publication No.12 CMFRI 1-115 Available at - eprints.cmfri.org.in/3975/1/Special_Publication_No_12_Revised.pdf
  • 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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