Upeneus (Upeneus) moluccensis   (Bleeker,  1855) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Color: Head and back brown-red, sides and belly white; a distinct lemon yellow longitudinal band runs from anterior profile of head through eye above lateral line to caudal fin. Both dorsal fins yellow, with 3 red horizontal stripes, those on the first dorsal fin ill-defined (marblings rather than stripes); anal fin whitish, without any marks; caudal fin with 5 or 6 dusky cros bars on upper lobe, the 2nd bar extending to hind margin of lower lobe.

Body elongate. Chin with two stout, thin barbels. Teeth in several rows in both jaws. Gillrakers 18 to 22 on lower arm of first arch. Two dorsal fins; first dorsal fin with 8 spines; second dorsal fin with 1 spine and 8 soft rays. Anal fin with 1 spine and 6 soft rays. Pectoral fins much longer than pelvic fins. Caudal peduncle moderately deep, its depth about 10% of standard length. Scales ctenoid; 5 vertical rows of scales along space between dorsal fins; 12 rows of scales along upper part of caudal peduncle.

Synonym (s)
Upeneoides moluccensis Bleeker, 1855
Upeneoides sulphureus Day (nec Cuvier, 1875)

Common Name (s)
• Goldband Goatfish (English)
• Navarei (Tamil)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial

Habitat:  Coastal



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 - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Fischer, W and Whitehead, PJP (1974) FAO species identification sheets for fishery purposes. Eastern Indian Ocean - Fishing Area 57 and Western Central Pacific - Fishing Area 71 3 Available at - http://www.fao.org/docrep/009/e9163e/e9163e00.htm

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