Choeroichthys brachysoma   (Bleeker,  1855) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Randall, J.E.

Max length: 7.0 cm TL (male/unsexed)

Color: Brown with two rows of black spots on trunk and a black band from snout through eye to opercle. Dorsal, anal and pectoral transparent; caudal slightly brownish basally, clear distally.

Head 4.2-4.3 in standard length, 4.3-4.45 in total length. Depth of body 2.3 in length of head. Operculum with a rough longitudinal ridge with radiating lines below. Snout about 0.6 in head. Keels on snout smooth. Superior cristae of trunk and tail continuous. Shields striated, with minute serrated edges. Lateral intermediate shields without keels. Origin of dorsal nearer to eye than to tip of caudal. Anal fin midway between operculum and caudal fin.
Number of spines and rays in the dorsal fin: 20-21; number of spines and rays in the anal fin: 4; number of rays in the pectoral fin: 20-21; rings: 15+18-19.

Dioecious, fertilization in brood pouch or similar structure, bearers, external brooders. Ovoviviparous. The males carry the eggs in a brood pouch which is found under the tail. Males may be brooding at 3.5-4.0 cm SL.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Choeroichthys brachysoma (Bleeker, 1855)
(Senior synonym)
Choeroichthys valencienni Kaup, 1856
(Junior synonym)
Dooryichthys brachysoma (Bleeker, 1855)
(Senior synonym)
Doryichthys serialis Gunther, 1884
(Junior synonym)
Doryichthys valenciennii (Kaup, 1856)
(Junior synonym)
Syngnathus brachysoma Bleeker, 1855
(Senior synonym)
Syngnathus brachysoma Bleeker, 1855
Choeroichthys brachysoma Weber and de Beaufort, 1922

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated


• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Jones, S and Kumaran, M (1980) Fishes of the Laccadive Archipelago The Nature Conservation and Aquatic Sciences Service, Trivandrum, Kerala 760 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at -

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