Lutianus vaigiensis   (Quoy & Gaimard)  1824 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 47-130 mm

Color: Brownish grey on back, whitish below; 7-8 yellow longitudinal bands on sides in fresh specimens. Dorsal pale yellowish basally, becoming blackish towards margin and narrowly edged with white. Anal, pectoral and ventral pale yellowish. Caudal dark brown, hind border narrowly white.

Head 2.5-2.6 in standard length, 3.2-3.3 in total length. Depth of body 2.5-2.7 in standard length, 3.2-3.4 in total length. Eye diameter 4.0-4.3 in head, 1.3-1.5 in snout and 0.9 in interorbital space. Maxillary reaching to below front border of pupil. Narrow bands of teeth in jaws, outer row enlarged, those in front of upper jaw moderate canines. A triangular patch of teeth on vomer and in an elongate band on palatines. Preoperculum denticulate with a well developed notch. Scales on head beginning behind a level from eye, supratemporal band distinct. Six rows of scales on preoperculum, its inferior and hind border naked. Scales above lateral line in oblique rows, those below lateral line in longitudinal rows. Fourth dorsal fin spine longest, slightly less than postorbital length of head. Second anal fin spine longer than the third and as long as longest dorsal fin spine. Pectoral fin shorter than head by half length of snout. Ventral fin shorter than head without snout.
Number of spines and rays in the dorsal fin: X, 13-14; 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: 49-50; 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+9-10.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Diacope vaigiensis Quoy and Gaimard 1824
Lutianus marginatus Day 1878
Lutianus vaigiensis Smith 1949
Lutianus waigiensis Munro 1955
Lutjanus vaigiensis Weber and de Beaufort 1936

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA (Record: 1980)
• Lakshadweep INDIA (Record: 1980)
• INDIA (Record: 1980)
• SRI LANKA (Record: 1980)

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 -

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