Sebastapistes rhodochrous   (Gunther)  (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Size: 200 mm.

Color: In preserved specimen brown. A dark blotch at base of dorsal between 7th to 10th spines.

Height 2.9, 3.4 in length with caudal. Head 2, 2.5 in length with caudal. Eye 3.8, equal to snout. Interorbital space concave, the orbital rims being elevated, 3.7 in eye. Supraorbital ridge with two spines, superior postorbital ridge with three spines, inferior post orbital ridge with three spines, all spines very low. Preorbital with three spines, the anterior one directed forwards, the second obliquely downwards, and the third vertically downwards. Suborbital ridge with four low spines. A well developed preopercular spine with two smaller ones below it. Opercle with two flat spines. Eleven or twelve scales between ociput and origin of dorsal, these scales and those of head cycloid, those of body ctenoid. Maxillary reaching about to below middle of eye. Villi form bands of teeth in jaws, on vomer and on palatines. Origin of dorsal slightly behind middle of opercle. First dorsal spine less than eye, third to fifth spine subequal, equal to eye, the eleventh spine as long as the first, the twelfth as long as the ninth. Soft dorsal somewhat rounded, higher than spinous one. First anal spine very small, Second one longest and strongest, much longer than dorsal spines, almost as long as eye and snout together. Pectoral less than head without snout, all pectoral rays simple. Ventrals slightly shorter than pectorals. Caudal rounded.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Sebastes rhodochrous Gunther 1871
Sebastichthys rhodochrous Bleeker 1876
Sebastes hexanema Gunther 1880
Sebastes hexanema Alcock 1899
Pontinus hexanema Goode and Bean 1895
Crossoscorpaena hexanema Fowler 1938
Sebastes hexanema Herre 1941
Sebastichthys rhodochrous Koumans 1953

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andamans INDIA (Record: 1962)

Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Beaufort, LF and Briggs, JC (1962) The fishes of the Indo-Australian Archipelago Pataudi House, Daryaganj, New Delhi 11 481 pp Available at - NIO, Goa

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