Lutianus argentimaculatus [Status Unaccepted]   (Forsskal,  1775) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 76 mm

Color: Grayish brown, lighter below. Scales on sides with a dark centre. Eight transverse whitish bands on body. Dorsal dark brown distally. Anterior rays of anal dark brown, hind rays grayish. Ventral grayish, anterior rays dark especially towards tip. Caudal pale brownish, darker distally.

Head equal to depth of body, 2.5 in standard length, 3.2 in total length. Eye diameter 4.2 in head, 1.3 in snout and about 0.9 in interorbital space. Maxillary reaching somewhat below middle of eye. Outer row of teeth in jaws enlarged, especially those on side of mandible, those in front of upper jaw canines. A triangular patch of teeth on vomer and in an elongate patch on palatines. Preoperculum denticulate with a shallow emargination above its angle. Scales on head beginning behind eye. Temporal band of scales present. 7 rows of scales on preoperculum, hind and inferior limb naked. Scales above lateral line in longitudinal rows in front and in slightly oblique rows below soft dorsal fin; scale rows below lateral line horizontal. Third dorsal fin spine longest, shorter than postorbital length of head and shorter than longest dorsal ray. Second anal fin spine longer than the third, as long as longest dorsal fin spine and much shorter than longest anal fin rays. Pectoral fin slightly longer than head without snout. Ventral fin about 2/3 length of eye diameter shorter than pectoral fin.
Number of spines and rays in the dorsal fin: X, 14; number of spines and rays in the anal fin: III, 8; number of rays in the pectoral fin: ii, 14; number of spines and rays in the ventral fin: I, 5; number of scale rows along the lateral line: 48; 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: 7+1+17; gill raker count: 5+1+7.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Sciaena argentimaculata Forskal, 1775
Lutianus argentimaculatus Day, 1878
Lutianus roseus Day, 1878
Lutjanus argentimaculatus Weber and de Beaufort, 1936

Common Name (s)
• Banda
• Red Snapper (English)
• Gurka Tamb
• Ratdo
Economic Importance and Threats



• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Red Sea
• Maharashtra, Malvan INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Tuticorin INDIA
• Gujarat 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 -
  • Murty, VS (1969) Catalogue of fishes (excluding from the Laccadives) in the reference collections of the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute Bulletin of Central Marine Research Institute CMFRI, Cochin 10 1-38 Available at -
  • Bapat, SV; Deshmukh, VM; Krishnamoorthi, B; Muthiah, C; Kagwade, PV; Ramamirtham, CP; Mathew, KJ; Pillai, SK and C. Mukundan (1982) Species composition, distribution and abundance of major groups/species Fishery resources of the Exclusive Economic Zone of the NorthWest coast of India Bulletin Of Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute CMFRI, Kochi 33 1-86 Available at -
  • Dholakia, AD (2004) Marine resources Fisheries and aquatic resources of India Daya publishing house 271-303 Available at - NIO, Goa

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