Epinephelus elongatus   Schultz,  1953 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 34-182 mm

Color: Light brownish with dark brown spots much smaller than interspaces on head, body and fins. A blackish blotch below 8th to 11th dorsal spines extending on to basal part of fin. Spots on outer surface of distal part of pectoral not clearly visible in large specimens. Pectoral, caudal and ventral with narrow white margin.

Head 2.2-2.4 in standard length, 2.7-2.9 in total length. Depth of body 3.2-3.5 in standard length, 4.0-4.3 in total length. Eye diameter 5.4-6.2 in head, 1.2-1.3 in snout and about 2/3 in interorbital space. Pectoral 2/3 eye diameter shorter than postorbital length of head. Maxillary reaching posterior to a vertical from the hind border of eye. Three or more rows of teeth in jaws; outer fixed row with a pair of canines in front. Fourth of fifth dorsal fin spine longest, soft dorsal rays a little longer than dorsal spines. Second anal fin spine stronger and slightly longer than third spine.
Number of spines and rays in the dorsal fin: XI, 14-15; number of spines and rays in the anal fin: III, 8; number of rays in the pectoral fin: i, 18; number of spines and rays in the ventral fins: I, 5; number of scale rows along the midside of body from the upper corner of operculum to the midbase of caudal fin in the absence of lateral line: 96-105; 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: 11-13+1+29-34.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Serranus malabaricus Day, 1878
Epinephelus elongatus Schultz, 1953

Common Name (s)
• Gaudarufana
• Poochachammam
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Ornamental fish)



• Lakshadweep, Agatti INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Chettalatt INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kalpeni INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• West Bengal, Kolkata 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

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