Naso vlamingi   (Valenciennes)  1835 (Fish)
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Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 190-360 mm

Color: Bluish brown with numerous bluish black vertical stripes on sides; cheeks, back and lower parts of trunk and tail with scattered bluish black spots; a dark bluish black stripe forward from lower border of eye. Dorsal and anal violet brown with darker edges. Caudal violet brown. Pectoral dusky brown.

Head 3.7-4.2 in standard length, 5.0-6.2 in total length. Depth of body 2.30-2.55 in standard length, 3.0-3.8 in total length. Eye diameter 3.8-4.3 in head, 2.2-2.7 in snout and 1.2-1.4 in convexly elevated interorbital space. Snout with convex hump, rounded portion almost extending to vertical through tip of upper jaw. First dorsal fin spine 2.0-2.7 eye diameter; anterior rays much longer than spines; last rays slightly shorter. Second anal fin spine slightly longer than the first, 1.3-1.6 eye diameter; anal rays longer than spines, but shorter than those of dorsal. Pectoral fin 1.0-1.2 eye diameter shorter than head. Ventral fin slightly shorter than pectoral fin. Caudal fin truncate with produced filamentous lobes in adults.
Number of spines and rays in the dorsal fin: VI, 27; number of spines and rays in the anal fin: II, 28; number of rays in the pectoral fin: ii, 14-15; number of spines and rays in the ventral fin: I, 3.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Naseus vlamingii Cuvier and Valenciennes 1835
Naso vlamingi de Beaufort 1951

Common Name (s)
• Ammas
• Karukkan
Economic Importance and Threats



• Lakshadweep, Agatti INDIA (Record: 1980)
• Lakshadweep, Bitra INDIA (Record: 1980)
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA (Record: 1980)
• Lakshadweep INDIA (Record: 1980)

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 -

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