Synodus binotatus   Schultz,  1953 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Randall, J.E.

Size: 10-17 cm.

Color: 2 conspicuous pigment spots on snout. A series of 4 dark brown dorsal saddle-like bands on tan background. All fins barred. Peritoneum pale, with 0 to 3 dark spots.

Body tubular, head somewhat depressed, caudal region a little compressed. Anterior palatine teeth long and forming a discrete group. Dermal flap on anterior nares large, spatulate, extending well beyond edge of nares when depressed anteriorly. Dorsal fin rays 12 to 14 (average 12.9). Anal fin rays 8 to 10 (average 8.9); procurrent caudal rays 27 to 33 (average 30.2). Posterior pelvic process wide. Large cycloid scales on body extending onto cheeks and operculum; scales above lateral line 3.5. Total vertebrae 51 to 55, average 53.1.

Dioecious, external fertilization, nonguarders, open water/substratum egg scatterers.

Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• Two Spot Lizard Fish (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Marketed fresh or dried salted)

Habitat:  Reef Associated



Literature Source(s)
  • Fischer, W and Bianchi, G (Eds.) (1984) FAO species identification sheets for fishery purposes. Western Indian Ocean (Fishing Area 51) FAO, Rome 4 Available at -
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at -
  • Pillai, PKM and Augustine, SK (2000) A code list of common marine living resources of the Indian seas CMFRI Special Publication No.12 CMFRI 1-115 Available at -

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