Anampses caeruleopunctatus   Ruppell,  1829 (Fish)
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Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 25-42 cm.

Color: Of female form brown, reddish brown ventrally, male form olive. Blue-edged bar on pectoral base dusky orange-red in female, orangish to dusky in male.

Height 2.7-2.8, 3.2 in length with caudal. Head 3, 3.5 in length with caudal. Height of head 1.1 in its length. Eye 7.2, 2.8-2.9 in snout and 1.8-1.9 in very convex inter orbital space. Mouth moderately protractile, somewhat oblique. Maxillary reaching nearly to below anterior nostril. Lips rather thick, plated. Squamation on superior part of head beginning behind eyes, about 10 rows of small scales, imbedded in the skin, before dorsal. Breast with similar scales. Dorsal spines flexible, but pointed. Dorsal membrane thick, not incised. Dorsal slightly increasing in height posteriorly, the first spine shorter than eye, the last ray almost as long as snout. Dorsal pointed behind. First anal spine shorter than eye, third spine somewhat longer than eye. Soft anal similar to soft dorsal. Pectorals equal to head without snout. Ventrals as long as snout and eye together. Dorsal spines (total): 9-9, Dorsal soft rays (total): 11-13, Anal spines: 3, Anal soft rays: 11-13. Head with narrow dark-edged blue bands, male usually with a broad band across anterior inter orbital space. Scales on body with dark-edged light blue spots (female) or vertical lines (male). Dorsal spines flexible. Caudal fin truncate to slightly rounded.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Anampses chlorostigma Valenciennes, 1840
(Junior synonym)
Anampses cuvier (non Quoy & Gaimard, 1824)
(Misapplied name)
Anampses diadematus Ruppell, 1835
(Junior synonym)
Anampses lineolatus Bennett, 1836
(Junior synonym)
Anampses pulcher Regan, 1913
(Junior synonym)
Anampses taeniatus Lienard, 1891
(Junior synonym)
Anampses tinkhami Fowler, 1946
(Junior synonym)
Anampses caeruleo-punctatus Cuvier and Valenciennes, 1839
Anampses coeruleopunctatus Bleeker, 1862
Anampses caeruleo-punctatus Gunther, 1862
Anampses caeruleopunctatus Klunzinger, 1871
Anampses caeruleopunctatus Day, 1877
Anampses caeruleopunctatus Gunther, 1881
Anampses caeruleopunctatus Seale, 1901
Anampses caeruleopunctatus Jordan and Seale, 1906
Anampses caeruleo-punctatus Fowler and Bean, 1928
Anampses caeruleo-punctatus Fowler, 1931
Anampses caeruleopunctatus P. J. Schmidt, 1930
Anampses caeruleo-punctatus Fowler, 1938
Anampses caeruleopunclatus Ruppell, 1829

Common Name (s)
• Spotted Rare Wrasse (English)
• Spotted Chisel Tooth (English)
• Bluespotted Tamarin (English)
• Blue Spotted Wrasse (English)
• Dielahikkae (Mahl)
• Vayittukadiyan (Malayalam)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Fisheries, aquarium, Ornamental fish)

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Rocky, Coastal
Trophic Level:  Secondary Consumer
Prey:  Crustaceans, mollusks, polychaetes


• Lakshadweep (Lat: 11) (Long: 72.5) INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti Atoll (Lat: 10.55) (Long: 72.63) INDIA (Record: 01/1991-06/1992)
• Lakshadweep, Agatti INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Bitra INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Chettalatt INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kadamatt INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA
• Red Sea
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park INDIA
• Lakshadweep Islands INDIA (Record: 11/1993-01/1997)
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy Island (Lat: 8.11) (Long: 73.3) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA

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