Symphysanodon typus   Bleeker,  1878 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 17 cm SL.

Color: Body bright fuscia or orange red with a broad mid-lateral yellow band. Dorsal fin yellowish. Upper lobe of caudal fin orangish red while lower lobe conspicuously yellow.

Pre-maxillae incised, forming prominent symphysial notch receiving the anterior ends of dentaries. Teeth at the anterior end of dentary fits into symphysial notch when mouth closed. Two opercular spines. Dorsal fins usually with IX spines and 10 soft rays. Ctenoid scales present on head, cover maxillae and dentaries. Caudal fin deeply forked. Eyes usually large, diameter equal to or more than snout length; suborbitals very narrow. Vertebrae 25.

Synonym (s)
Propoma roseum Gunther, 1880
(junior synonym)
Rhyacanthis carlsmithi Jordan, 1921
(junior synonym)

Common Name (s)
• Insular shelf beauty (English)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Bentho Pelagic
Prey:  Feeds on zooplankton.


• Kerala, Neendakara INDIA INDIA (Record: 19/11/2005)

Literature Source(s)
  • Naomi, TS; Sreeram, MP; George, RM; Paul, S; Sanil, NK; Nair, RJ and Geetha, PM (2010) New distributional record of the insular shelf beauty Symphysanodon typus Bleeker, 1878 (Family: Symphysanodontidae) from Indian waters Marine Fisheries Information Service Technical and Extension Series Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Kochi 204 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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