Abudefduf manikfani   Jones and Kumaran  (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: The Nature Conservation and Aquatic Sciences Service

Size: 31-53 mm

Color: Chocolate brown, breast and lower sides of head lighter. Four vertical white bars on sides, the first from nape across hind border of opercle, second from base of 4th to 5th or 6th dorsal spine down to front of vent, third from base of last dorsal spine and first dorsal ray to base of middle of anal and the fourth on caudal peduncle. A broad dark brown ring on caudal peduncle immediately behind the fourth white transverse bar. Dorsal greyish brown, distal part of soft dorsal clear; a black spot at basal part of 2nd to 6th or 7th dorsal rays. Anal fin dark brown. Caudal pale yellowish. Pectoral grey, axil of pectoral blackish. Ventral greyish brown.

Head 2.9-3.2 in standard length, 3.8-4.2 in total length. Depth of body 1.8-2.0 in standard length, 2.4-2.6 in total length. Eye diameter 3.0-3.3 in head, 0.7-0.8 in snout and 1.0-1.1 in interorbital space. A single series of slender, compressed teeth in jaws. Preorbital, suborbital, preopercle, opercle, subopercle and interopercle without any serrations. Scales on head reaching to nostrils. Preorbital naked. First spine of dorsal fin slightly shorter than eye diameter, third or fourth dorsal spine longest, slightly shorter than snout and eye together. Second anal fin spine as long as third dorsal fin spine. Pectoral fin equal to or slightly shorter than head. Ventral fin shorter than pectoral.
Number of spines and rays in the dorsal fin: XII, 16-17; number of spines and rays in the anal fin: II, 14; number of rays in the pectoral fin: ii, 16; number of spines and rays in the ventral fin: I, 5; number of scale rows along the lateral line: 20-21+8-9; 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: 3+1+9.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Abudefduf manikfani Jones and Kumaran, 1968

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA
• Lakshadweep 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 - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Jones, S and Kumaran, M (1968) New records of fishes from the seas around India - part VI Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India Marine Biological Association of India 10(2) 321-331 Available at - http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/1553/1/Jones_321-331.pdf

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