Rogadius pristiger   (Cuvier,  1829) (Fish)
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Class: Actinopterygii

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Color: Brown above, light below (Specimens preserved in alcohol). Spinous
dorsal dark on distal half; rays of soft dorsal with faint longitudinal rows of spots. Pectorals with dark spots, pelvics and caudal dusky.

Teeth in jaws villiform, on vomer in two distinct oval patches, on palatines in two narrow bands. Teeth on vomer and palatines pointed. Anterior nostril with a flap. Interorbital space narrow. Two completely serrated longitudinal parallel ridges between nostrils on both sides. A strong spine on anterior orbital rim. Supraorbital ridge smooth anteriorly, serrated posteriorly and continued to behind eye as superior postorbital ridge which also serrated ending in two spines. Anterior portion of inferior postorbital ridge serrated, posterior portion with two to three strong spines, last one in line with beginning of lateral line; suborbital ridge completely serrated ending in a long preopercular spine. Three to four spines below upper preopercular spine and a strong antrorse spine below. Opercle with two smooth ridges each ending in a spine. Opercle and preopercle with ctenoid scales. Lateral line smooth excepting anterior 4-6 scales which are spiny. First dorsal spine small, third spine longest equal to postorbital part of head. Pectoral rounded; pelvics reach anal origin. Lower edge of preopercle projecting downward as a strong antrorse spine. Infraorbital and suborbital ridges bearing many fine serrations. Lower side of head unicarinate. Dorsal fin usually 11. Iris lappet bilobed. Caudal fin with a white basal band, a broad dusky submarginal band and a narrow white edge.

Synonym (s)
Platycephalus pristiger Cuvier, 1829
Regadius asper Munro, 1955

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Benthic, Sandy, Muddy


• Orissa, Off Ganjam Coast INDIA
• Andaman Sea INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh, Visakhapatnam Coast INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Murty, VS (1975) On the fishes of the family Platycephalidae of the seas around India Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India Marine Biological Association of India 17(3) 79-694 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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