Balistes viridescens   Bloch Schneider  1801 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Size: 750 mm.

Color: In preserved specimens reddish brown. Scales of body and tail each with a darker brown spot. A broad brown band connecting eyes over interorbital space, continued below eye over gill opening to base of pectorals. Lips and surroundings of mouth dark brown. Membrane of first dorsal with brown spots and stripes. Outer part of caudal with brown vermiculations. Second dorsal and anal light reddish brown.

Upper profile from origin of first dorsal to tip of snout slightly convex. Height 1.7-1.9, 2.1-2.2 in length with caudal. Head 2.9, 3.4-3.5 in length with caudal. Eye 3.8-4.16, 2.9-3.1 in snout and 1.3-1.5 in the convex interorbital space. A well developed slit before eye. Gill opening slightly oblique, its lower end below hindborder of eye. A few bony plates behind gill opening, not much larger than the scales of the body. Cheeks totally scaled. Chin naked. Lips rather thick. Median teeth in the jaws pointed, longer than the next ones on sides. Origin of first dorsal above upper end of gill opening. First dorsal spine compressed, its anterior side covered with tubercles and spinules, its length equal to the base of the first dorsal. Second dorsal spine half as long as first spine, or somewhat longer, third spine about half as long as second spine. Second dorsal somewhat rounded, the longest ray slightly shorter than fist dorsal spine. Anal similar to second dorsal, but slightly less deep and its base shorter, its origin below 5th dorsal ray. Upper pectoral rays longest, as long as longest dorsal rays, lower most ray half as long as longest pectoral ray. Ventral spine movable, short, covered with tubercles and short blunt spinules. Caudal rounded. Caudal peduncle longer than deep. Scales with regular rows of small, rounded tubercles. Four or five longitudinal rows of short, antrorse spines on caudal peduncle and on posterior part of tail.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Balistes viridescens Ruppell 1828
Balistes viridescens Bleeker 1854
Balistes (Pseudobalistes) viridescens Bleeker 1865
Balistes viridescens Gunther 1870
Balistes viridescens Klunzinger 1871
Balistes viridescens Day 1878
Balistes viridescens Gunther 1910
Balistes viridescens M. Weber 1913
Balistes viridescens Herre 1924
Balistes viridescens Fowler 1928
Balistoides viridescens Fraser-Brunner 1935
Balistes viridescens Herre 1936
Balistoides viridescens J. L. B. Smith 1950
Balistoides viridescens Randall 1955
Balistoides viridescens Munro 1955

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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