Parapercis alboguttata   (Gunther,  1872) (Fish)
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Class: Actinopterygii

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Color: Head and body orange red, abdomen white. Surrounding eye, five bands on head. Two bright red spots, one near hind border of eye and a larger one just behind posterior end of maxilla. One more spot on opercle. Lips and rim of eye bright red. Upper region of eye greenish black. Above and below lateral line 8 dark spots giving an appearance of two longitudinal bands. Scales of body bordered with yellow. Below dorsal 10 white spots, first one in front of first dorsal and last one below last dorsal ray. Caudal base with reddish black spot in both the halves giving an appearance of a band. Dorsal and ventral border of caudal fin red. A white spot in the lower region of the caudal. Ventral yellow. Pectroral orange. A reddish black band at the base of pectoral rays. Anal with oblique yellow and blue bands alternated as in the case of caudal. Soft dorsal yellow with a horizontal blue band at the tip and an oblique spot just below it. Lower half of dorsal without any spots.

Body elongate, cylindrical; lower jaw longer than upper; lips thick; pre-opercular serrated in the posterior vertical and lower limbs; opercle, with two spines, lower at the point of the operculum and upper near the commencement of lateral line, serrated in the lower region; below eye minute inundations; strongly curved teeth in more than one row in each jaw and some of the teeth in one row enlarged; laterally, strongly developed canine, one in lower jaw and two in upper jaw; position of canines show much variations individually; vomerine with strong pluriseriate teeth; palatine edentulous; scales ctenoid; scales of head commences behind eye and on cheek below middle of eye; vertical fins with scaly sheath, dorsal spines strong, usually fourth the longest and continuous with the soft portion; membrane between and anal rays deeply incised; caudal cut square with its upper ray slightly prolonged; pectoral originates behind ventral and usually smaller than the latter. Two longitudinal rows of indistinct light red blotches on body, ending in 2 dark red spots on base of caudal fin. Snout light blue with oblique yellow lines. Eye not very large, its diameter more than 4 times in head length of adults. Third and fourth dorsal-fin spine longest. Last interspinous membrane of dorsal fin connected to base of first soft ray.

Synonym (s)
Neopercis tesselata Herre, 1951
Parapercis cephalus Kotthaus, 1977
Parapercis smithii (Regan, 1905)
Parapercis tesselata (Herre, 1951)
Percis alboguttata Gunther, 1872
Percis smithii Regan, 1905

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Demersal, Coastal


• Kerala, Vizhinjam INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Sreenivasan, PV and Lazarus, S (1973) On two new distributional records of fishes from the Indian Coast Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India Cochin, India 15 (2) 886-888 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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