Antennarius leprosus   (Eydoux & Souleyet,  1850) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 43-65 mm

Color: Orange, becoming brownish on preservation; head and sides marbled dusky. Head, body and fins with several light edged black ocelli, those at base of posterior dorsal and anal rays being prominent.

Head 1.9-2.0 in standard length, 2.5-2.7 in total length. Depth of body 1.5-1.6 in standard length, 2.0 in total length. Eye diameter 9.5-10.0 in head, 1.5-1.8 in snout and 2.4-3.0 in interorbital space. First dorsal spine slender, equal to third spine and terminating in a fringed lobe. Skin rather rough, covered with minute denticles. Head and upper side of back with some rough excrescences. Last two rays of dorsal forked. All anal rays forked. Fifth ventral ray forked.
Number of spines and rays in the dorsal fin: 1+1+1+12; number of spines and rays in the anal fin: 7; number of rays in the pectoral fin:10 (9) ; number of spines and rays in the ventral fin: 5.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Chironectes leprosus Eydoux & Souleyet 1841
Antennarius leprosus Munro 1955

Common Name (s)
• Gouthere Mas
• Ocellated Frogfish
Economic Importance and Threats



• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Wafar, MVM (2003) Checklists of reef fauna Available at -
  • 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
  • Jones, S and Kumaran, M (1980) Fishes of the Laccadive Archipelago The Nature Conservation and Aquatic Sciences Service, Trivandrum, Kerala 760 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Pillai, PKM and Augustine, SK (2000) A code list of common marine living resources of the Indian seas CMFRI Special Publication No.12 CMFRI 1-115 Available at -

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