Holocentrus laevis   Gunther,  1859 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: The Nature Conservation and Aquatic Sciences Service

Size: 32-142 mm

Color: Silvery white with brownish snout and interorbital space and 9-10 longitudinal rows of brown spots on body. Cheeks with 5-6 rows of brown spots. Anterior rays of dorsal and anal fin pale to white, sometimes faintly dusky. Outer rays of caudal fin dusky.

Head 2.7-3.0 in standard length, 3.3-3.6 in total length. Depth of body 3.1-3.5 in standard length, 3.8-4.5 in total length. Eye diameter 2.8-3.2 in head, about 0.8 in snout and 0.6-0.7 in interorbital space. Preorbital with a row of spines, the anteriormost largest; suborbital postorbital strongly serrated. The flat preopercular spine reaching to margin of opercular flap or slightly beyond. Opercular bones strongly serrated, preopercular spine broad and not reaching to branchial opening. Third anal spine larger and stronger than fourth, equal to snout and eye together.
Number of spines and rays in the dorsal fin: X, I, 12; number of spines and rays in the anal fin: IV, 8; number of rays in the pectoral fin: ii, 11; number of spines and rays in the ventral fins: I, 7; number of scale rows along the lateral line: 39-42; number of horizontal scale rows usually counted from origin of the dorsal fin to the lateral line and from anal origin to the lateral line: 3+1+7-8.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Holocentrum laeve Gunther, 1859
Holocentrus laeve Smith and Smith, 1963
Holocentrus laevis Jones, 1969

Common Name (s)
• Digubarihi
• Kolkaduva
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Ornamental fish)



• Lakshadweep, Agatti INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Chettalatt INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kadamatt INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Lakshadweep Islands INDIA (Record: 11/1993-01/1997)

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 - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Murty, VS (2002) Marine ornamental fish resources of Lakshadweep CMFRI Special Publication CMFRI 72 1-134 Available at - http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/3536/1/Special_Publication_No_72.pdf

Page last updated on:2011-05-11

Back to Search