Heniochus varius   (Cuvier,  1829) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Size: 138 mm - 147 mm

Color: Dark brown to black with a narrow white bar from upper nape through gill cover to thorax and second oblique white bar from rear spinous dorsal fin to caudal peduncle. Ventral and anal fins black; caudal and soft dorsal paler; pectorals yellowish brown.

Body compressed, strongly elevated; ventral profile slightly rounded. Depth 1.35, head small, 2.8 in standard length. Eye 3.2-3.4 in head, equal to interorbital space. A notch on forehead with a bony protuberance; a curved sharp horn above each eye; fourth dorsal spine prolonged and strong without a filamentous part, the membrane is broad. Soft dorsal and anal is rounded. Caudal truncate.
Dorsal spines (total): 11; Dorsal soft rays (total): 22-25; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 17 - 18

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Taurichthys bleekeri Castelnau, 1875
Taurichthys varius Cuvier, 1829
Taurichthys viridis Cuvier, 1831

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial

Habitat:  Reef Associated


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Trinkat island INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, South Reef Island INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Rajan, PT; Rao, DV and Devi, K (1992) New records of butterflyfishes from Andaman and Nicobar Islands Journal of the Andaman Science Association Andaman Science Association, Port Blair 8(2) 172-174 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
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at - http://www.fishbase.org
  • Starfish Available at - http://www.starfish.ch/

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