Chalixodytes tauensis   Schultz,  1943 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Randall, J.E.

Size: Max length 4.0 cm TL (male/unsexed)

Color: Translucent in life and yellowish white on preservation.

Body elongate, moderately compressed. Head 4.8-5.0 in standard length, 5.3-5.5 in total length. Depth of body 10.0-10.6 in standard length, 11.0-11.8 in total length. Eye small, high up on dorsal profile; interorbital space narrow. A row of cirri along the edges of lower jaw. Gill openings wide, gill membranes free from isthmus. Mouth horizontal, maxillary extending 2/3 eye diameter behind a level from hind border of eye. Snout fleshy, projecting beyond the lower jaw. Anterior nostril tubular behind middle of snout. Teeth in jaws villiform, a few teeth on palatines. Opercular membrane elongate and flap-like covering base of pectoral fin. Origin of dorsal fin opposite to that of anal fin, one head length behind head. Pectoral fin as long as half length of head. Ventral fin less than half length of pectoral, mid-ray longest. Lateral line median anteriorly and running downwards posteriorly and ending at lower edge of base of caudal fin. Scales large, present along lateral line, posterior part of tail and a row along predorsal; other parts naked.
Number of spines and rays in the dorsal fin: 39-40; number of spines and rays in the anal fin: 38; number of rays in the pectoral fin: 12; number of spines and rays in the ventral fin: I, 4; number of scale rows along the lateral line: 58.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Chalixodytes tauensis Schultz, 1943
Chalixodytes chameleontoculis Smith, 1956
Chalixodytes tauensis Schultz, 1943
(Senior synonym)

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated


• Lakshadweep, Kalpeni INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kadamatt INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy 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 -
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at -
  • Jones, S and Kumaran, M (1967) New records of fishes from the seas around India - Part V Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India Marine Biological Association of India 9 (1) 1-12 Available at -

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