Choridactylus multibarbus   Richardson,  1848 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Randall, J.E.

Size: Maximum 12 cm SL; common to 10 cm

Color: Fins blackish brown, with an oblique pale band between the 4th and 6th dorsal spines; margins of pectoral fins orange; caudal fin with a black band at base and another in distal third of fin, pale terminally; distal two thirds of anal fin dark brown or black; inner surface of pectoral fins black with several oblong orange bands; pelvic fins black or dark brown with numerous white spots.

Dorsal fin with 12 to 14 (usually 13) spines and 8 to 9 (usually 9) segmented rays; total dorsal fin elements 21 to 23 (usually 22); anal fin with 2 spines and 8 or 9 (usually 8) segmented rays; total anal fin elements 10 or 11 (usually 10); pectoral fin with 12 rays, the lowermost 3 detached from remainder of fin. Body without scales.

Synonym (s)
Choridactylus multibarbis Richardson, 1848
Chorismodactylus multibarbis Gunther, 1860
Chorismodactylus multibarbus Bleeker, 1873

Common Name (s)
• Orangebanded Stingfish (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Marketed fresh in small quantities; also dried and salted.)

Habitat:  Benthic, Demersal, Sandy, Muddy


• Tamil Nadu, Chennai Coast INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Kerala INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh, Off Visakhapatnam (Lat: 17.73) (Long: 83.55) INDIA (Record: 04/1989-03/1990) (Depth: 50 mts)

Literature Source(s)
  • Nagabhushanam, AK and Krishnan, S (1993) Observations on the distribution of some of the marine organism inhabiting the inter-tidal zone along the western continental shelf of the Bay of Bengal, with particular reference to the Tamil Nadu coastal strip Records of the Zoological Survey of India 93(3-4) 449-490 Available at - ZSI, Pune
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Marine Biological Station, Chennai, Tamil Nadu (2003) Checklist of marine fauna of Tamil Nadu Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu Available at -
  • Dr. Ramesh, R; Dr. Nammalwar, P and Dr. Gowri, VS (2008) Database on coastal information of Tamil Nadu Report Submitted to Environmental Information System (ENVIS) Centre, Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu Institute for Ocean Management, Anna University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Available at -
  • Encyclopedia of Life Available at -
  • Fischer, W and Bianchi, G (Eds.) (1984) FAO species identification sheets for fishery purposes. Western Indian Ocean (Fishing Area 51) FAO, Rome 4 Available at -
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at -
  • Bijukumar, A and Deepthi, GR (2009) Mean trophic index of fish fauna associated with trawl bycatch of Kerala, southwest coast of India Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India The Marine Biological Association of India, Cochin 51(2) 145 - 154 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Sujatha, K (1995) Finfish constituents of trawl by-catch off Visakhapatnam Fishery Technology Society of Fisheries Technologists 32(1) 56-60 Available at - NIO, Goa

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