Runula rhinorhynchus   (Bleeker)  (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 31-48 mm

Color: Preserved specimens brown, slightly lighter below; two horizontal whitish bands from snout to base of caudal fin, the interspace between them broad and bluish brown. Fins pale yellowish; base of pectoral dark.

Head 4.8-5.1 in standard length, 5.8-6.1 in total length. Depth of body 6.5-6.7 in standard length, 7.6-8.0 in total length. Eye diameter 4.0 in head, 1.0-1.1 in snout and also in interorbital space. Mouth inferior. Teeth in upper jaw about 40; about 70 teeth in lower jaw with a backwardly hooked large canine on each side. Gill opening much shorter than diameter of eye, extending opposite to middle rays of pectoral fin. Origin of dorsal fin above hind border of preopercle. Pectoral fin equal to postorbital length of head plus 1/3 eye diameter. Ventral fin slightly longer than half length of pectoral fin. Caudal fin emarginate.
Number of spines and rays in the dorsal fin: 44-45; number of spines and rays in the anal fin: 31-33; number of rays in the pectoral fin: 12; number of spines and rays in the ventral fin: I, 3.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Petroskirtes rhinorhynchos Bleeker 1852
Aspidontus rhinorhynchos Smith 1949
Petroscirtes rhinorhynchus de Beaufort 1951
Runula rhinorhynchos Smith 1959

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



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