Sufflamen chrysoptera   (Bloch & Schneider,  1801) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 122 mm

Color: Head and body brown; lips pale; two pale cross bands on chin; membrane of first dorsal pale basally, dark brown distally; soft dorsal, anal and pectoral fins yellowish; caudal fin with upper and lower rays white and broad white crescent shaped band along distal margin, middle part of fin dark brown.

Head 2.8 in standard length, 3.5 in total length. Depth of body 2.0 in standard length, 2.4 in total length. Eye diameter 5.5 in head, 4.2 in snout and 1.5 in somewhat flat interorbital space. Snout profile almost straight. A groove present before eye below nostril. First dorsal spine 2.1 in head, third spine small. Pectoral fin about 3.2 in head. Caudal fin truncate. 7 rows of small tubercles on caudal peduncle not extending forward than posterior 3/5 of soft dorsal fin. All scales on cheek smaller than those on body.
Number of spines in the first dorsal fin: III; number of spines and rays in the second dorsal fin: ii, 25; number of spines and rays in the anal fin: ii, 22; number of rays in the pectoral fin: i, 12.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Balistes chrysopterus Bloch and Schneider, 1801
Balistes niger Day, 1878
Hemibalistes chrysoptera Smith, 1949
Hemibalistes chrysopterus Munro, 1955

Common Name (s)
• Chundam Karatti
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(ornamental fish)



• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Red Sea
• Lakshadweep Islands INDIA (Record: 11/1993-01/1997)

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 -
  • Murty, VS (2002) Marine ornamental fish resources of Lakshadweep CMFRI Special Publication CMFRI 72 1-134 Available at -

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