Scolopsis vosmaeri   (Bloch)  1792 (Fish)
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Class: Actinopterygii

Size: 21 cm.

Color: In preserved specimens reddish-brown, breast and belly lighter. A transverse light nuchal band, continued on operculum, where it is generally wider and more silvery. In typical vosmaeri a longitudinal silvery band from origin of lateral line, running below it to opposite middle of soft dorsal, where it ends again in the lateral line. Scales of the sides with dark spots, especially the two rows below the longitudinal band. Fins yellowish, soft dorsal and anal sometimes with irregular violet markings. Axil of pectoral with a more or less distinct darkish spot. In the variety torquatus the longitudinal band and the spots on the scales are absent.

Dorsal profile arched. Height 2.1-2.3, 2.6-2.8 in length with caudal. Head 3.1-3.4, 3.8-4.1 in length with caudal. Eye 2.7-3.2, about equal to or longer than snout and equal to or slightly more than convex inter orbital space. Scales on head beginning before eyes, reaching on snout before a line connecting anterior nostrils. Mouth somewhat oblique. Maxillary smooth, reaching to below front border of eye or slightly farther. Narrow bands of slender curved teeth in the jaws, the teeth of the outer series in the upper jaw enlarged. Preoperculum with 5 or 6 transverse rows of scales and one or two rows of more or less deciduous ones on inferior limb. Hind border of preoperculum slightly scalloped, rather feebly denticulate. Suborbital hight, its hind border vertical. Suborbital spine short but strong, some mall spine below it. Dorsal spine strong. First spine more than half length of second. Third to seventh spines sub equal, longest and equal to post orbital part of head and half eye together or somewhat shorter. The other spines only slightly shorter. Soft dorsal as high as or slightly lower than spinous part, rounded. First anal spine not much less than half length of second, which is much longer and stronger than third and as long as longest dorsal spines or somewhat longer. Soft anal rounded, as high as or somewhat lower than soft dorsal. Pectorals and ventrals sub equal, last named with the first ray produced, half length of snout shorter than head. Caudal forked.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Anthias vosmeri Bloch 1792
Perca aurata Mungo Park 1797
Lutjanus vosmaeri Lacepede 1802
Lutjanus aureovittatus Lacepede
Pomacentrus enneodactylus Lacepede 1802
Scolopsides kate Cuvier and Valenciennes 1830
Scolopsides vosmeri Cuvier and Valenciennes
Scolopsides torquatus Cuvier and Valenciennes
Scolopsides vosmeri Bleeker 1850
Scolopsides torquatus Bleeker
Scolopsis aurata Cantor 1850
Scolopsis auratus Gunther 1859
scolopsis torquatus Kner 1865
Scolopsis vosmeri Day 1888
Scolopsis Vosmaeri Bleeker 1877
Scolopsis torquatus Bleeker
Scolopsis vosmeri Klunzinger 1884
Scolopsis vosmeri Jordan and Evermann 1902
Scolopsis vosmeri Jordan and Starks 1917
Scolopsis vosmeri Fowler 1931

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 -

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