Gaterin nigrus   (Cuvier)  (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 36-102 mm

Color: Dark brown with reddish tinge. Dorsal, anal and ventral brownish; caudal, distal part of dorsal and anal whitish.

Head 2.8-3.0 in standard length, 3.5-3.7 in total length. Depth of body 1.9-2.1 in standard length, 2.3-2.5 in total length. Eye diameter 3.3-3.5 in head, 0.9-1.2 in snout and slightly more than interorbital space. Maxillary reaching to below front border of eye. Hind border of preoperculum serrated. Pectoral fin shorter than head without snout, ventral fin longer than pectoral.
Number of spines and rays in the dorsal fin: XIII-XIV, 16-18; number of spines and rays in the anal fin: III, 7-8; 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: 53-56; 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: 11-12+1+18-20; gill raker count: 7+1+18-19.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Pristipoma nigrum Cuvier and Valenciennes 1830
Diagramma crassispinum Day 1878
Gaterin nigrus Smith 1962
Plectorhynchus crassispina Weber and de Beaufort 1936
Pseudopristipoma nigra Munro 1955

Common Name (s)
• Naharidathimas
• Karutha Kotha
Economic Importance and Threats



• Lakshadweep, Chettalatt INDIA (Record: 1980)
• Lakshadweep, Kilttan INDIA (Record: 1980)
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA (Record: 1980)
• Lakshadweep INDIA (Record: 1980)
• Red Sea (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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