Symphorus nematophorus   (Bleeker,  1860) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Cook, D.C

Color: Juveniles whitish along lower half of the body from below eye level. Young with bright blue stripes on yellowish sides; brown back. Adults yellowish brown to reddish. Sometimes show faint vertical barring. Numerous blue lines along scale-rows that are brightest in sub-adults.

Head profile steep. Preorbital bone broader than eye. A deep groove between the eye and nostrils. Preopercular notch and knob absent. Mouth large extending to below middle of eye. Anterior dorsal soft rays produced into filaments in young. Pectoral fins long reaching level of anus. Scale rows on back parallel to lateral line.

Synonym (s)
Glabrilutjanus nematophorus (Bleeker, 1860)
Lutianus nematophorus (Bleeker, 1860)
Lutjanus nematophorus (Bleeker, 1860)
Mesoprion nematophorus Bleeker, 1860
Paradicichthys venenatus Whitley, 1930
Symphorus forsteri Fowler, 1933
Symphorus taenilatus Gunther, 1872
Symphorus taeniolatus Gunther, 1872
Symporichthys nematophorus (Bleeker, 1860)

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial, Dangers
(Fisheries; Gamefish

Reports of ciguatera poisoning.)

Habitat:  Reef Associated
Prey:  fishes


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Rutland Island INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • (2011) Animal discoveries 2010 Zoological Survey of India 1-107 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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