Halichoeres leparensis   (Bleeker,  1852) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Size: 88 mm.

Color: In preserved specimens lighter or darker brown, Body with about 4 dark cross bars, formed by dark patches on the base of the scales and interrupted by the lateral line, the scales of which are without patch. Below the lateral line the dark color often spreads along the margin of the scales, giving to the sides a reticulated appearance. A various number of scales of the sides and the belly have a silvery center, forming more or less developed silvery longitudinal bands or rows of spots, generally best developed on body. The thorax often uniformly silvery. These silvery color disappear in specimens preserved in formaline. Head with a dark vertical bar behind eye. A dark band from eye to snout. Cheeks and opercular region with curved silvery bands and spots, finely bordered with dark brown. These disappear in formaline specimens, where a large black blotch on opercle, a dark streak above it and a few oblique dark streaks on cheeks are clearly shown, which marking are obscured in alcohol specimens by the silvery bands and spots. Dorsal grayish, with rows of dark edged white ocelli. A small black white edged ocellus between first and second spines and a much larger one between second and third or first and third rays. anal with similar rows of ocelli, which may be confluent into a longitudinal white band anteriorly. A black spot or white edged ocellus at base of supra median caudal rays. Caudal yellowish or hyaline, more or less dusky or blackish towards its extremity. Pectorals and ventrals hyaline, the latter sometimes with a dusky streak. No dark streak at base of pectorals.

Height 3-2-3.4, 3.8-4.1 in length with caudal. Head 3-3.4, 3.6-4 in length with caudal. Height of head 1.1-1.4 in its length. eye 4-4.7, 1.2-1.7 in snout and equal to or somewhat more than slightly convex inter orbital space. Mouth moderate, slightly oblique. Corner of mouth less than half diameter of eye below level of lower border of eye. Lips thick, plated. Maxillary reaching almost to below anterior nostril. Teeth conical or somewhat pointed, increasing in length anteriorly, the anterior pair in both jaws canines. A strong canine at corner of mouth. Head naked, excepting above, where the scales being above hind border of eye. About 12 rows of scales before dorsal, these scales much smaller than those of sides of body. Similar small teeth between isthmus and base of ventrals. Dorsal spines stiff and pungent. First spine about three fourths of eye. Spines increasing in length posteriorly, the last one about one eye diameter and a half. Soft dorsal somewhat higher than spinous part, the longest rays twice as long as eye. First anal spine minute, third longest, about one eye diameter and a half. Soft anal slightly less deep than dorsal, both fins somewhat pointed behind. Pectorals as long as head without snout. Ventrals slightly shorter. Caudal rounded.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Julis (Halichoeres) leparensis Bleeker, 1852
Halichoeres leparensis Bleeker, 1862
Platyglossus leparensis Gunther, 1862
Platyglossus leparensis Day, 1877
Halichoeres leparensis Seale, 1901
Platyglossus leparensis Gunther, 1909
Platyglossus leparensis M. Weber, 1913
Halichoeres leparensis Fowler and Bean, 1928
Halichoeres leparensis Fowler, 1928

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andamans INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Nicobar INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Beaufort, LF (1940) The fishes of the Indo-Australian Archipelago A. J. Reprints agency, Karol Bagh, New Delhi 8 508 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Talwar, PK (1990) Fishes of Andaman and Nicobar Islands: A synoptic survey Journal of the Andaman Science Association Andaman Science Association, Port Blair 6(2) 71-102 Available at - NIO,Goa

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