Cirripectus quagga   (Fowler and Ball)  (Fish)
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Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 43-56 mm

Color: Light brown, often with 10-14 brown bars on sides. In large specimens the brown bars either diffused or lacking. A narrow dark brown streak from below middle of eye to upper lip, one from hind lower edge of eye to upper lip and another behind on gill membrane. These streaks sometimes interrupted. Fins dusky, upper part of caudal and pectoral lighter.

Head 3.3-3.6 in standard length, 4.0-4.4 in total length. Depth of body 3.8-4.1 in standard length, 4.6-5.0 in total length. Eye diameter 3.8-4.2 in head, 0.4 in interorbital space and 0.6-0.8 in snout. Nasal cirrus with 3-4 simple filaments. Supraorbital cirrus arising from a fleshy base, with 3-4 filaments. 28-32 simple filaments in a row across nape. Upper lip deeply crenulate; lower lip weakly crenulate. A single series of numerous fine movable teeth in jaws; a strong canine posteriorly on each side of lower jaw. Lateral line arched over pectoral fin and then along midlengthwise axis of body and ending just in front of caudal fin base. First dorsal fin spine longest, slightly shorter than head. Pectoral fin half length of snout shorter than head. Ventral fin shorter than postorbital length of head.
Number of spines and rays in the dorsal fin: XII, 14-15; number of spines and rays in the anal fin: II, 15-16; number of rays in the pectoral fin: 15; number of spines and rays in the ventral fin: I, 4.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Rupiscartes quagga Fowler and Ball, 1924
Cirripectes quagga Schultz and Chapman, 1960

Common Name (s)
• Funna
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 -
  • 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 -

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