Adioryx ruber   (Forsskal)  1775 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Government of India

Size: Length 23 cm

Color: Ground color of head and body crimson to violet; each longitudinal body scale-row with a wide white stripe. Dorsal fin spines red, spinous dorsal fin membranes white; anterior margin of soft dorsal fin red, the rest of the fin yellow; pectoral fins yellow; upper and lower margins of caudal fin red, medial rays reddish, rest of the fin yellow.

Body depth 2.5 to 2.9 times in standard length. Snout profile steep. Nostrils moderate, without spinules. Upper margin of first suborbital bone with a stout spine projecting horizontally. Lower jaw not protruding when mouth closed. Opercle with two sharp spines, the upper longer; preopercular spine long, about two thirds of orbit. Dorsal fin with 11 spines and 13 or 14 soft rays; dorsal fin spines high. Anal fin with 4 spines and 8 or 9 soft rays, the third anal fin spine stout and longest. Body scales finely serrated, slightly striated.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Sciaena rubra Forsskal 1775
Rhynchichthys ornatus Day 1868
Holocentrum rubrum Day 1876

Common Name (s)
• Red Soldierfish (English)
• Culkah Catchee (Tamil)
• Chenguli (Tamil)
• Katantha Mulli (Malayalam)
• Chirya (Marathi)
Economic Importance and Threats



• East Coast INDIA (Record: 1984)
• Red Sea (Record: 1984)

Literature Source(s)
  • Talwar, PK and Kacker, RK (1984) Commercial sea fishes of India ZSI, Calcutta 997 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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