Petroscirtes bankanensis   Bleeker,  1852 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Size: 12 cm.

Color: In preserved specimens reddish brown with faint lighter and darker spots, and with traces of dark cross bars, which are continued on dorsal and anal and from here a series of brown blotches on the light fin. Other fins yellowish hyaline.

Height 4.1-5.4, 5.3-6.2 in length with caudal. Head 3.2-3.7, 4-4.4 in length with caudal. Eye 3.6-4, equal to snout and to almost flat inter orbital space. Mouth terminal. A rather strong, slightly curved canine on each side of the lower jaw and one or two small ones on each side of the upper jaw. According to Bleeker the canines in the lower jaw may be double too. Gill opening an oblique slit, the lower end of which is above the base of the pectoral. A short flattened more or less pear-shaped tentacle above eye, very short ones on snout and on nape, the latter may be absent. Origin of dorsal above hind border of preopercle. Height of dorsal equal to or somewhat more than eye, dorsal rays sub equal. Anal scarcely lower, both fins ending opposite to each other near base of caudal. Pectorals equal to post orbital part of head eye, ventrals as long as post orbital part of head. Caudal rounded. Lateral line close to base of dorsal. Ending below 19th ray.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Petroskirtes amboinensis Bleeker, 1853
Petroscirtes bankanensis Gunther, 1861
Petroscirtes bankanensis M. Weber, 1913
Petroscirtes bankanensis Herre, 1939

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andamans INDIA

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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