Neobythites steatiticus   Alcock,  1894 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 21 cm.

Color: In preserved specimens light brown, back and sides marbled with darker brown, belly grayish silvery, the dark peritoneum shining through the body wall. Branchiostegal membranes and inside of mouth unpigmented. Dorsal dusky, with brown cloudings, forming more or less distinct longitudinal bands on posterior part of fin. A large oval black blotch, beginning on 20th ray of dorsal or somewhat more forward, and extending for about 6 rays. Anterior part of anal whitish, from the 10th ray backward the fin is dark brown with a narrow terminal light edge. Caudal dark brown. Pectorals grayish, light at tip. Ventrals light.

Height 4.5-4.7, 4.9-5 in length with caudal. Head 4.1-4.2, 4.4-4.5 in length with caudal. Eye 4.5-4.8, equal to or somewhat more than snout and slightly more than somewhat convex inter orbital space. Mouth oblique. Maxillary reaching somewhat beyond vertical through hind border of eye. Bands of teeth on jaws, vomer, and palatines narrow, those on vomer in a ^-shaped patch. Gill rakers 4 + 6, plus some rudimentary ones at the distal ends of both upper and lower branches of the first arch. Opercular spine strong. A weak spine at angle of preopercle, not always distinct. Sometimes a second still weaker spine above the first. Origin of dorsal behind that of pectoral, its distance from tip of snout 3.7-3.8, 4-4.1 in length with caudal. Distance of origin of anal from tip of snout 2.2-2.3, 2.3-2.5 in length with caudal. Distance between origin of anal and base of pectoral less than half length of snout shorter than head. Anterior and median dorsal rays somewhat more than eye, posterior rays longer, slightly less than eye and snout. Anal somewhat less deep than dorsal. Pectorals pointed, half diameter of eye longer than post orbital part of head. The two ventral rays adnate for their basal half, the inner ray the longer and equal to post orbital part of head. Scales not deciduous, cycloid, small. Ten or eleven scales between origin of dorsal and lateral line. Posterior end of lateral line on tail, at a distance less than length of head from base of caudal.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Neobythites steatiticus Alcock, 1899
Neobythites (Watasea) unimaculatus Smith and Radcliffe, 1913
Neobythites malayanus M. Weber, 1913
Neobythites steatiticus Norman, 1939

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Bay of Bengal 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
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at -

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