Pomacanthus (Pomacanthodes) annularis   (Bloch)  1787 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Size: 37.3 cm.

Color: Yellowish or grayish brown, trunk scales with a darker center, five to seven curved blue lines radiating from pectorals to soft dorsal, the last one crossing the tail, two similar horizontal lines running from front to operculum, the superior crossing the eye, the inferior below it, base of pectoral with transverse lines, caudal and pectorals yellow, ventrals grayish, on the shoulder a somewhat irregular blue ring.

Ovate, posteriorly elevated, height 1.5-1.6, head 3.5 to more than 4 in adult, rostro-dorsal profile straight to nape thence convex to dorsal. Eye 3.5 to 4.3, high above horizontal through gape of mouth, more or less than twice in broadly convex inter orbital space, much less than blunt snout. Anterior nostril oval, twice longer than round posterior. Preorbital slightly denticulate, hind and lower border of preoperculum weakly serrate, its angular spine grooved or slightly triquetrous, even in adult of very variable length (sexually?), 2.4-4 in head, at most reaching to below middle of base of pectoral, interoperculum and suboperculum entire. Scales on trunk moderate, rounded, with several auxiliaries forming a basal rim, subequal, horizontally in somewhat irregular series, the vertical series more regular arranged, on head velvety, minute on chest and median fins, lateral line arched, complete. Dorsal spines graduate, soft dorsal acute, in adult the five or six anterior rays sometimes acutely produced, the line arched, complete. Dorsal spines graduate, soft dorsal acute, in adult the five or six anterior rays sometimes acutely produced, the hind border vertical, likewise the soft anal, which is otherwise obliquely rounded, third anal spine equal to or slightly shorter than head. Pectorals acutely rounded, equal to or somewhat shorter than head, ventrals with the first ray prolonged, equal to or conspicuously longer than head, reaching anal, their spine about as long as head without snout. Caudal bluntly rounded, least height of its peduncle about twice in head.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Chaetodon annularis Bloch 1787
Chaetodon annularis Gmelin 1789
Holacanthus annularis Lacepede 1803
Chaetodon annularis Cuvier and Valenciennes 1831
Holacanthus septentrionalis Richardson 1846
Holacanthus annularis Bleeker 1850
Holacanthus annularis Cantor 1850
Holacanthus annularis Ruppell 1852
Chaetodon verticosus Gray 1854
Holacanthus pseudannularis Bleeker 1858
Holacanthus annularis Gunther 1860
Acanthochaetodon annularis Bleeker 1877
Holacanthus annularis Day 1888
Holacanthus annularis Duncker 1904
Holacanthus annularis M. Weber 1911
Acanthochaetodon annularis Bean and Weed 1912
Holacanthus annularis Pillay 1929
Holacanthus annularis Fowler and Bean 1929
Pomacanthus (Pomacanthodes) annularis Fraser-Brunner 1933
Acanthochaetodon annularis Delsman and Hardenberg 1934

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• INDIA (Record: 1936)

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 - http://www.marinespecies.org

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