Callionymus melanotopterus   Bleeker,  1851 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 9.2 cm.

Color: In preserved specimen brown above, light below. first dorsal with a black, white edged ocellus.

Height 11, 14 in length with caudal, Head, measured from branchial opening to tip of snout, 3.9. Breadth of head between the preopercular spines about equal to its length as measured above. Eye 3.1, somewhat less than snout. Inter orbital space very narrow, about one seventh of eye. Snout pointed, when seen from above. Lower jaw slightly included. Maxillary not reaching to below front border of eye. Bands of villi form teeth in both jaws. Preopercular process curved, with one straight spine directed forward anteriorly and another spine, curved inwards, posteriorly. Three spines along the inner side of the process. Branchial opening about one eye diameter behind eye. Lateral lines of both sides beginning between branchial openings, connected by a transverse branch and continued forward as a sensory canal. These canals diverging widely and bifurcating at upper end of preopercle, one branch running forwards to below eye, the other running backwards and downwards and ending on opercle. The lateral lines of both sides run to the base of the caudal and are again connected near their end by a branch, crossing the back of the caudal peduncle about midway between end of dorsal and base of caudal. First dorsal twice as high as body, the first spine which is close to the second almost as long as snout and eye together. Anterior and posterior dorsal rays somewhat longer than the median ones, slightly longer than longest spine of first dorsal. Posterior anal rays longer than anterior ones, equal to snout. Pectorals and ventrals subequal in length, about as long snout and eye together. Caudal pointed.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Callionymus fluviatilis Day, 1876
Callionymus melanotopterus Bleeker, 1879
Callionymus fluviatilis Fowler, 1937
Repomucenus melanopterus (Bleeker, 1851)

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Demersal


• Orissa Coast INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • 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 -
  • Beaufort, LF and Chapman, WM (1951) The fishes of the Indo-Australian Archipelago A. J. Reprints agency, Karol Bagh, New Delhi 9 484 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Jones, S; Pantulu, VR (1958) On some Larval and Juvenile Fishes from the Bengal and Orissa coasts Indian Journal of Fisheries The Editorial Committee, India Journal of Fisheries for the Minister of Food and Agriculture Government of India 5(1) 119-143 Available at - NIO,Goa

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