Plectorhynchus albovittatus   Ruppell  (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Size: 22.3 cm.

Color: In preserved specimens dark brown above and on sides, lighter below, the two color separated by a white band, running from lower posterior border of eye above pectoral to lower caudal rays. Above this band a similar one, beginning on snout, running above eye and along sides, broadening behind and continued on posterior soft dorsal rays and superior rays of caudal, which is white, with irregular dark brown more or less anastomizing bands. A third white band starts on middle of snout as a median single one, bifurcating above eye and running on each side below base of spinous dorsal, ending at base of last dorsal spine. Spinous dorsal light brown with a dark outer margin. Soft dorsal brown, with three longitudinal white bands, the superior of which beginning about on the fourth ray, the median complete and the inferior one only developed on the base of the posterior dorsal rays, being the continuation of the second band on the body. Anal and ventrals dark brown pectorals hyaline.

Height 2.5, 3.3 in length with caudal. Head 3.1, 4 in length with caudal. Eye 3.6, 1.2 in snout and equal to convex inter orbital space. Mouth somewhat oblique, maxillary reaching to below front border of pupil. Narrow bands of small pointed teeth in the jaws, preoperculum rectangular, serrate behind. Dorsal slightly notched. Dorsal spines moderately strong, heteracanth, membrane between them slightly incised. First spine more than half length of second, which is about four fifths of third. Third and fourth spine sub equal, about as long as post orbital part of head. Following spines slightly decreasing in length posteriorly, the last not much shorter than second spine. Soft dorsal rounded, higher than spinous part. First anal spine about one fourth of second, which is longer and stronger than third and somewhat more than longest dorsal spine. Soft anal somewhat pointed, about as deep as soft dorsal. Pectorals rounded, as long as head without snout, ventrals somewhat longer, their spine equal to post orbital part of head.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Diagramma albovittatum Ruppell 1837
Diagramma blochii Peters 1855
Diagramma albovittatum Bleeker 1856
Diagramma albovittatum Klunzinger 1870
Diagramma lineatum var. albovittatum Day 1888
Plectorhynchus albovittatus Bleeker 1877
Diagramma albovittatum Klunzinger 1884
Plectorhinchus lineatus Jordan and Richardson 1908
Plectorhinchus albovittatus Fowler 1931

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• INDIA (Record: 1936)

Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • 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

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