Tetraroge barbata   (Cuvier,  1829) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Size: 100 mm.

Color: In preserved specimens lighter or darker brown, uniform or marmorated with darker. A white blotch on lateral line below 8th dorsal spine may be present, as also a white transverse band connecting upper borders of eyes. Body sometimes with distant black spots. Dorsal dark brown with a narrow white border, anterior part of spinous dorsal often blackish, soft dorsal often pale. Anal brown with an irregular, white, transverse band. Pectorals dark, narrowly bordered by white, sometimes with irregular light patches. Ventrals brown with a light border.

Height 2.5-2.8, 3.2-3.6 in length with caudal. Head 2.5-2.6, 3.3-3.4 in length with caudal. Eye 3.1-5, equal to snout. Inter orbital space flat, slightly less than eye. Mouth oblique. Maxillary reaching to below hind border of pupil. Two small barbels at symphysis of lower jaw. Villiform bands of teeth in jaws, on vomer, and an palatines. Preorbital with a small, blunt spine which carries a short tentacle, and a longer dagger-like spine directed backwards, reaching as far back as maxillary or somewhat further. Hind border of preopercle with a strong spine and some rudimentary spines below it. Opercle with two flat spines. Origin of dorsal above middle of eye. First dorsal spine about one fourth of second which is slightly longer than third and more than half length of head. Fourth spine shorter than third, about half length of second; these spines diverging and more separated than the others which are subequal and slightly shorter than fourth spine; the last spine slightly longer. Soft dorsal rounded, all rays forked. Anal spines increasing in length from first to third which is slightly shorter than third dorsal spine. Soft anal somewhat rounded, all rays forked. Pectorals rounded, half length of snout shorter than head. Ventrals equal to head without snout. Caudal slightly rounded. Laterals equal about 12 tubes, irregular and incomplete on tail.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Apistus barbatus Cuvier and Valenciennes, 1829
Apistus melas Bleeker, 1850
Apistus barbatus Bleeker, 1856
Tetraroge barbatus Gunther, 1860
Gymnapistus barbatus Bleeker, 1876
Tetraroge barbata Herre, 1934
Tetraroge albifrons Duncker and Mohr, 1929
Tetraroge barbata Herre 1952

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Bay of Bengal (Lat: 15) (Long: 90) INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • 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
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) Available at - http://data.gbif.org/species/

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