Omobranchus elongatus   (Peters,  1855) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Max. size: 5.0 cm SL

Color: Yellowish brown with angular cross bars and spots along sides of body. Black spots on throat and at base of pectoral and blackish bars behind eye and on opercle. Soft dorsal with dark blotch on middle rays and four or five longitudinal dark lines.

Head 4.6-4.9 in standard length, 5.5-5.7 in total length. Depth of body 5.6-5.8 in standard length, 6.6-6.9 in total length. Eye diameter 3.5-3.8 in head and 0.7 in interorbital space. Canines in lower jaw longer and stronger than those in upper. Last dorsal and anal fin rays joined to caudal peduncle by membrane. Pectoral fin a little longer than ventral, equal to or shorter than head. Upper and lower rays of caudal often slightly produced.
Number of spines and rays in the dorsal fin: XIII-XIV, 18-20; number of spines and rays in the anal fin: II, 21-23; number of rays in the pectoral fin: 13; number of spines and rays in the ventral fin: I, 2.

Dioecious, external fertilization, guarders. Oviparous, distinct pairing. Eggs are demersal and adhesive.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Omobranchus elongatus (Peters, 1855)
(Senior synonym)
Omobranchus kallosoma (Bleeker, 1858)
(Junior synonym)
Petroscirtes dispar Fowler, 1937
(Junior synonym)
Petroscirtes elongatus Peters, 1855
(Senior synonym)
Petroskirtes kallosoma Bleeker, 1858
(Junior synonym)
Petroscirtes elongatus Peters, 1855
Omobranchus elongatus Smith, 1959
Petrocirtes dispar Fowler, 1937
Petrocirtes kallosoma Bleeker, 1858

Common Name (s)
• Digu Funna
• Hima Kattu
• Cloister Blenny (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Estuarine


• Lakshadweep, Minicoy Atoll (Lat: 8) (Long: 71) INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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