Synodus jaculum   Russell & Cressey,  1979 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Randall, J.E.

Size: Maximum 14 cm; common to 10 cm.

Color: Background tan; a series of 8 or 9 dark brown, saddle-like bars, widest dorsally. A conspicuous dark pigment area on caudal peduncle. Peritoneum pale; peritoneal spots 11 to 13 (average 11).

Body tubular, head somewhat depressed, caudal region a little compressed. Anterior palatine teeth long and forming a discrete group; dermal flap on anterior nare short, tubular. Dorsal fin rays 11 to 13 (average 12.4); anal fin rays 8 to 10 (average 9.2); procurrent caudal rays 28 to 33 (average 30.3). Posterior pelvic process wide. Large cycloid scales on body extending onto cheeks and operculum; scales above lateral line 5.5. Total vertebrae 59 to 62 (average 60.9).

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

Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• Lighthouse Lizardfish (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Marketed fresh and 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 -

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