Liachirus melanospilus   (Bleeker)  1854 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 57-83 mm

Color: Pale yellowish with small dark spots on colored side.

Head 3.7-4.0 in standard length, 4.4-4.6 in total length. Depth of body 2.2-2.4 in standard length, 2.7-2.9 in total length. Eyes on right side. Eye diameter 4.8-5.2 in head, the lower one about about 1/2 eye diameter behind the upper, it being about 1.2 in snout. Interorbital space slightly concave. Cleft of mouth reaching to below front border of eye. Nasal tentacle short, not reaching front border of lower eye. Dorsal fin origin near tip of snout. Dorsal and anal ending close to caudal fin. Base of right ventral slightly more than that of left ventral and originating anterior to the latter. Ventral fins free from anal. Pectoral fins absent. One lateral line on each side and another along dorsal profile of head on the blind side from snout to nape. Short barbels along the lower profile on the left side of head.
Number of spines and rays in the dorsal fin: 62-65; number of spines and rays in the anal fin: 43-45; number of spines and rays in the ventral fin: 5; number of scale rows along the lateral line: 68-73.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Achirus melanospilos Bleeker 1854
Liachirus melanospilus Weber and de Beaufort 1929

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Lakshadweep, Amini 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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