Callyodon sexvittatus   (Ruppell,  1835) (Fish)
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Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 155-305 mm

Color: Brownish to reddish brown, scales on back and sides with dark hind border, some dark spots and streaks on sides forming horizontal bands. Dorsal pale yellowish to brownish, often with dusky outer edge. Anal yellowish. Pectoral hyaline, upper rays brownish. Caudal yellowish, dorsal and ventral sides darker. Ventral yellowish.

Head 3.0-3.2 in standard length, 3.6-4.0 in total length. Depth of body 2.9-3.0 in standard length, 3.6-3.8 in total length. Eye diameter 5.5-6.7 in head, 2.0-2.6 in snout and 2.0-2.5 in convex interorbital space. Lips broad, covering more than half of dental plates, teeth whitish. Often 1-2 short posterior canines in upper jaw in large adults, always absent in juveniles. Nostrils small, adjacent, the anterior one with a low rim. Two rows of scales on cheek and two scales on flange. Six or seven scales before dorsal fin. Dorsal profile of snout almost straight in young, bluntly rounded and swollen with age. Dorsal fin spines subequal, about twice eye diameter; soft dorsal rays slightly longer. Pectoral fin longer than head without snout. Caudal fin rounded to truncate in juveniles, lobes slightly elongate in large adults.
Number of spines and rays in the dorsal fin: IX, 10; number of spines and rays in the anal fin: III, 9; number of rays in the pectoral fin: ii, 13; number of spines and rays in the ventral fin: I, 5; number of scale rows along the lateral line: 25-26; 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: 2+1+6½.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Scarus sexvittatus Ruppell 1835
Scarus rubroviolaceus Bleeker 1849
Callyodon rubroviolaceus de Beaufort 1940
Callyodon sexvittatus Smith 1959
Callyodon (Scarops) rubroviolaceus Smith 1959
Callyodon upolensis Smith 1956

Common Name (s)
• Fehilandae
• Veesam
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated


• Lakshadweep, Agatti INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Amini INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Bitra INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Red Sea
• Lakshadweep, Chettalatt INDIA (Record: 05/01/1987-06/02/1987)

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; Murty, VS and Lalmohan, RS (1989) Resources of ornamental fishes Marine living resources of the union territory of Lakshadweep: An indicative survey with suggestions for development Bulletin of Central Marine Research Institute CMFRI 43 46-64 Available at -

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