Abudefduf coelestinus   (Cuvier)  1830 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Size: 167 mm.

Color: In preserved specimens bluish gray above, silvery below, the scales with a broad or narrower brownish border. Five blackish transverse bands, as broad as inter spaces on back, tapering inferiorly, the first on nape immediately before origin of dorsal, to pectoral axil, the second below 3rd to 6th dorsal spines, downwards to belly, the third from below posterior dorsal spines, ending above origin of anal, the fourth below posterior dorsal rays, ending above posterior part of anal, the fifth on caudal peduncle at base of caudal. A triangular black spot at base of pectoral superiorly. Spinous dorsal blackish, soft dorsal yellowish or pinkish, the fourth band of the body generally more or less continued on the fin. anal yellowish or pinkish basally, more or less dusky in its median part. Caudal yellowish or pinkish, each lobe with a median longitudinal black band, which is connected with the transverse band at the base of the fin.

Height 1.8-1.9, 2.4-2.6 in length with caudal. head 3.3-3.4, 4.4-4.6 in length with caudal. Length of head 1.3-1.4 in its height. Eye 3.1-3.6, equal to or slightly more than snout and 1.1-1.4 in somewhat convex inter orbital space. Mouth oblique. Maxillary reaching to below front border of eye or nearly so. Teeth truncate, slightly bifid in young, in a single series. No notch between pre- and suborbital, the edges of which are smooth. Preorbital with one or two rows of deciduous elongate scales, suborbital also scaly. Height of suborbital below middle of eye about one fifth of diameter of eye. 3 1/2 transverse rows of scales on preopercle, the inferior and posterior limbs scaly. Scales on upper part of head reaching beyond nostrils and almost to tip of snout, the anterior scales smaller than the others. First dorsal spine less than eye, following spines increasing in length to the fourth, which is as long as snout and half eye together, and sub equal to the fifth to seventh spines, The posterior spine slightly shorter. Soft dorsal pointed, the longest rays equal to head without snout, First anal spine less than one third of second, which is slightly longer than longest dorsal spine. Soft anal similar to soft dorsal. Ventrals with the first ray produced, subequal to pectorals, and longer than head. Caudal deeply forked, the lobes pointed. Three or four scales between lateral line and scaly sheath of dorsal below last spine.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Labrus sexfasciatus Lacepede 1802
Glyphisodon coelestinus Cuvier and Valenciennes 1830
Glyphisodon coelestinus Schlegel and Muller 1841
Glyphisodon caelestinus Bleeker 1847
Glyphisodon rathi Cantor 1850
Glyphidodon coelestinus Gunther 1862
Glyphidodon coelestinus Kner 1865
Glyphidodon saxatilis Klunzinger 1871
Glyphidodon coelestinus Bleeker 1877
Glyphidodon coelestinus Gunther 1881
Abudefduf coelestinus Jordan and Seale 1906
Abudefduf saxatilis M. Weber 1913
Glyphisodon saxatilis Barnard 1927
Abudefduf coelestinus Montalban 1927
Abudefduf sexfasciatus Fowler and Bean 1928
Abudefduf sexfasciatus Fowler 1928
Glyphisodon coelestinus Whitely 1929
Abudefduf sexfasciatus Machan 1930

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• INDIA (Record: 1940)

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

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