Petroscirtes taeniatus   Quoy and Gaimard  (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Size: 12.5 cm.

Color: In preserved specimens brownish, lower side lighter, and somewhat silvery. A dark band through eye to caudal, widening posteriorly, and continued on caudal, leaving only a small space of the fin above and below uncovered. Dorsal and annal dark brown. A more or less distinct brown band before base of pectoral. Ventrals with a brownish streak.

Height 5.4-5.9, 6.2-6.7 in length with caudal. Head 3.6-3.9, 4.2-4.5 in length with caudal. Eye 4.2-4.3, 1.3 in snout and equal to almost flat inter orbital space. Mouth inferior. A strong much curved canine in each side of the lower jaw, a very small canine in each side of upper jaw. Gill opening a vertical slit, longer than eye, opposite base of pectoral. Origin of dorsal in a vertical slightly behind eye. Anterior dorsal rays slightly or much produced, in the last case (males?) they may be as long as the head. Posterior rays sub equal, about as long as post orbital part of head. Anal as deep as dorsal. Posterior membranes of dorsal and anal reaching base of caudal. Ventrals with the outer ray produced as long as pectorals and as post orbital part of head and half eye. Caudal truncate. Lateral line close to base of dorsal, ending about below 10th ray.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Aspidontus taeniatus Quoy and Gaimard 1834
Blennechis filamentosus Cuvier and Valenciennes 1836
Petroskirtes paradiseus Bleeker 1854
Petroskirtes rostratus Bleeker 1857
Petroscirtes filamentosus Klunzinger 1871
Petroscirtes taeniatus Gunther 1876
Petroscirtes filamentosus Gunther
Aspidontus taeniatus M. Weber 1913
Aspidontus taeniatus Barnard 1927
Petroscirtes filamentosus Fowler 1928
Petroscirtes taeniatus Fowler
Petroscirtes taeniatus Herre 1939
Petroscirtes filamentosus Herre 1939

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andamans INDIA (Record: 1951)

Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Beaufort, LF and Chapman, WM (1951) The fishes of the Indo-Australian Archipelago A. J. Reprints agency, Karol Bagh, New Delhi 9 484 pp Available at - NIO, Goa

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