Anthias cooperi   Regan  1902 (Fish)
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Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 31-59 mm

Color: Upper side of head and back deep pink becoming golden to yellowish on lower sides. Dorsal spines and anterior 3-4 rays of dorsal pink, base of rest of dorsal rays yellowish, this color increasing in breadth posteriorly and extending to the tip of last rays. Anal and pectoral yellowish. Anterior margin of ventral golden, rest of the fin yellowish. Caudal golden, hind margin broadly yellowish. Color of preserved specimens uniform yellowish white.

Body compressed, elongate oval, dorsal profile slightly convex at nape. Head 3.1-3.3 in standard length, 4.3-4.8 in total length. Depth of body 3.0-3.2 in standard length, 4.2-4.6 in total length. Eye diameter 3.5-4.1 in head, 0.8-1.0 in snout and 1.0-1.1 in convex interorbital space. Nostrils close together, the hinder open, the anterior with an elevated posterior rim. Hind border of preopercle with 13-18 serrae, the one at angle scarcely larger than others; lower margin smooth. Subopercle and interopercle smooth. 3 spines on opercle, the upper with a blunt point hidden by scales, the middle one longer than the lower. Mouth when closed being overhung by the pointed and well developed anterior part of upper lip. Mouth oblique, maxilla reaching to below about hind border of eye. In upper jaw an outer series of fine sharp teeth with a projecting canine on each side near symphysis and an inner row of minute teeth with an inwardly curved canine on each side in front. In lower jaw uniserial sharp teeth with a recurved canine on side and an outwardly flaring canine in front on each side. Triangular patch of teeth on vomer and a narrow band of teeth on palatines. Dorsal fin origin slightly behind a level from the hind margin of preopercle. Dorsal fin pines flexible, 1st spine shortest, slightly longer than eye diameter, 2nd spine 1.6-2.5 in head and slightly longer than 3rd, posterior spines subequal, equal to slightly longer than 2nd spine, rays equal to dorsal spines. 1st anal fin spine minute, 3rd spine longer than 2nd, anal rays equal to or slightly shorter than those of dorsal fin. Pectoral fin equal to or slightly shorter than head, median rays longest. Ventral fin equal to or shorter than head in juveniles; 2nd ray produced in adults, 1.2-1.6 times length of head. Caudal fin deeply lunate, lobes pointed and increasing in length with age. Scales ctenoid. Cheeks and maxillary scaled. Soft dorsal fin and anal fin with a low basal scaly sheath. Base of caudal and pectoral fins scaly. Lateral line complete, gently curved more or less following dorsal profile.
Number of spines and rays in the dorsal fin: X, 16-17; number of spines and rays in the anal fin: III, 7; number of rays in the pectoral fin: ii, 17; number of spines and rays in the ventral fins: I, 5; number of scale rows along the lateral line: 52-56; number of horizontal scale rows usually counted from origin of the dorsal fin to the lateral line and from anal origin to the lateral line: 6-7+1+18-20; gill raker count: 9-10+1+22-24.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Anthias cooperi Regan 1903
Anthias cichlops Jones 1962

Common Name (s)
• Rybureki
Economic Importance and Threats



• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA (Record: 1980)
• Lakshadweep INDIA (Record: 1980)
• MALDIVES (Record: 1980)

Literature Source(s)
  • Wafar, MVM (2003) Checklists of reef fauna Available at -
  • 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 -

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