Doryrhamphus melanopleura   (Bleeker,  1858) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: The Nature Conservation and Aquatic Sciences Service

Size: 34-48 mm

Color: Light tan with a wide bluish black band from tip of snout through eye to tail. Most of the caudal fin bluish black. Dorsal, anal and pectoral clear.

Head 4.4-4.7 in standard length, 4.9-5.4 in total length. Snout longer than postorbital length of head, with a raised serrated median ridge and one granulated ridge on each side of the median ridge. An oblique longitudinal keel on upper part of operculum with 7-8 radiating ridges below. Superior cristae of trunk and tail discontinuous. Median cristae of trunk and inferior cristae of tail continuous. Edges of shields with a posteriorly directed short spine. Origin of dorsal fin nearer to tip of caudal fin than to tip of snout. Anal fin origin twice nearer to caudal fin than to tip of snout. Caudal fin long, generally more than snout in length.
Number of spines and rays in the dorsal fin: 22-25; number of spines and rays in the anal fin: 4; number of rays in the pectoral fin: 20-21; rings: 16-17+14-15.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Syngnathus melanopleura Bleeker, 1858
Doryrhamphus melanopleura Weber and de Beaufort, 1922

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Lakshadweep, Chettalatt INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kadamatt INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andamans 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 -

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