Lutianus russelli   (Bleeker,  1849) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 31-148 mm

Color: Brownish above, silvery below with an oblong blackish blotch below anterior rays of soft dorsal, most of it above the lateral line. Fins yellowish, dorsal slightly dusky distally.

Head 2.3-2.6 in standard length, 3.1-3.4 in total length. Depth of body 2.6-2.8 in standard length, 3.4-3.6 in total length. Eye diameter 4.0-4.3 in head, 1.3-1.5 in snout and 0.8-0.9 in somewhat flat interorbital space. Maxillary reaching to below front border of pupil. Small teeth in narrow bands in jaws, outer series canine like, especially those anteriorly. Teeth on vomer and palatines. Preoperculum with a shallow notch, its posterior and inferior border denticulate. Scales on occiput beginning above hind border of eye. Scales in oblique rows above lateral line and in horizontal rows below it. Third, fourth and fifth dorsal fin spines subequal, 1.3 eye diameter, posterior spines gradually decreasing in length to the last, it being shorter than eye diameter. Second and third anal fin spines subequal, a little longer than diameter of eye. Pectoral fin about an eye diameter shorter than head. Ventral fin a little longer than snout and eye together.
Number of spines and rays in the dorsal fin: X, 14-15; number of spines and rays in the anal fin: III, 8; number of rays in the pectoral fin: ii, 13-14; number of spines and rays in the ventral fin: I, 5; number of scale rows along the lateral line: 49-52; 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+16-17; gill raker count:5- 6+1+8-9.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Mesoprion russelli Bleeker, 1849
Lutianus fulviflamma Day, 1878
Lutianus russelli Smith, 1949
Lutjanus russelli Weber and de Beaufort, 1936

Common Name (s)
• Luggambanda
• Chutton
• Chuttommetti
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated


• Lakshadweep, Amini INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Bangaram INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kadamatt INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kilttan INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Amini INDIA (Record: 01/1987-04/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Andrott INDIA (Record: 01/1987-04/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Bangaram INDIA (Record: 01/1987-04/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Bitra INDIA (Record: 01/1987-04/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Kadamatt INDIA (Record: 01/1987-04/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Kalpeni INDIA (Record: 01/1987-04/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Kilttan INDIA (Record: 01/1987-04/1987)

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 -
  • Kumaran, M; Mohan, RSL and Murty, VS (1989) Other fin-fish resources Marine living resources of the union territory of Lakshadweep: An indicative survey with suggestions for development Bulletin of Central Marine Research Institute CMFRI 43 65-72 Available at -

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