Lutianus bohar   (Forsskal,  1775) (Fish)
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Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 135-575 mm

Color: Reddish brown above, becoming pinkish below, cheeks and throat yellow; scales of body with whitish spots. Spots and blotches obscure in preserved specimens. Spinous dorsal and anterior part of soft dorsal dark scarlet to blackish terminally; anterior part of anal dark brown, lighter posteriorly. Pectoral yellowish with upper rays brownish; ventral dark brown, inner ray whitish. Caudal brownish to dark brown distally. Two white blotches present on sides in juveniles, one below 8th dorsal spine and the other below posterior dorsal rays.

Head 2.5-2.6 in standard length, 3.2-3.3 in total length. Depth of body 2.6-2.9 in standard length, 3.4-3.7 in total length. Eye diameter 4.0-4.8 in head, 1.4-1.8 in snout and 1.0-1.3 in almost flat interorbital space. Maxillary reaching to below anterior third of eye. Teeth in bands in jaws, outer row enlarged, canine like, 2 teeth anteriorly in upper jaw fang like. Teeth present on vomer and palatines. Hind border of preopercle serrated and with a shallow notch, interopercle with a small knob. Pectoral fin about half length of snout shorter than head. Ventral fin shorter than pectoral by one eye diameter. Scales above lateral line in oblique rows, those below lateral line parallel to axis of body. Scales not extending to interorbital space, temporal region naked. 3rd or 4th dorsal fin spine longest, 1.3-1.7 of eye diameter and longer than 3rd anal fin spine.
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, 14-15; number of spines and rays in the ventral fin: I, 5; number of scale rows along the lateral line: 51-56; 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: 8-9+1+19-20; gill raker count: 7-8+1+15-16.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

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

Common Name (s)
• Rymas
• Pulariam
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated


• Lakshadweep, Agatti INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Bangaram INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Red Sea
• Lakshadweep, Agatti INDIA (Record: 01/1987-04/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Amini INDIA (Record: 01/1987-04/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Bitra INDIA (Record: 01/1987-04/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Kilttan INDIA (Record: 01/1987-04/1987)
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar 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 -
  • 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 -
  • Varghese, M; Manisseri, MK; Ramamurthy, N; Geetha, PM; Thomas, VJ and Gandhi, A (2011) Coral reef fishes of Gulf of Mannar, S.E of India Fishing Chimes CMFRI 31(1) 38-40 Available at - NIO, Goa

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