Cephalopholis pachycentron   (Valenciennes,  1828) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 104 mm

Color: Brown with eight dark brown vertical bars on sides. Median fins brown; tips of spinous dorsal black; soft dorsal with light margin. Upper and lower corners of caudal black with a narrow light outer margin. Pectoral and ventral brownish.

Head 2.5 in standard length, 3.1 in total length. Depth of body 3 in standard length, 3.7 in total length. Eye diameter 4.9 in head, 1.1 in snout and 0.7 in interorbital space. Maxillary reaching beyond a vertical through hind border of eye. Hind border of preopercle finely serrated, its angle rounded. Third or fourth dorsal fin spine longest, about thrice in head. Second anal fin spine longer than third spine and slightly shorter than longest anal fin ray. Pectoral fin equal to postorbital length of head and half eye diameter. Ventral fin slightly longer than half length of head. Soft dorsal, anal and caudal rounded.
Number of spines and rays in the dorsal fin: IX, 16; number of spines and rays in the anal fin: III, 8; number of rays in the pectoral fin: i, 15; number of spines and rays in the ventral fins: I, 5; number of scale rows along the midside of body from the upper corner of operculum to the midbase of caudal fin in the absence of lateral line: 85; 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: 10+1+33.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Serranus pachycentron Cuvier and Valenciennes, 1828
Cephalopholis pachycentron Munro, 1955
Epinephelus pachycentron Weber and de Beaufort, 1931
Cephalopholis pachycentron Murthy, 1969

Common Name (s)
• Brown Banded Seabass (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Fisheries, Ornamental fish)

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Rocky, Coastal


• Andhra Pradesh, Vishakhapatnam INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA
• Palk Bay INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Vedalai INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Wafar, MVM (2003) Checklists of reef fauna Available at - http://www.reefindia.org/
  • Sujatha, K (2004) Groupers off Visakhapatnam, northeast coast of India Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India The Marine Biological Association of India, Cochin 46(1) 87-92 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Marine Biological Station, Chennai, Tamil Nadu (2003) Checklist of marine fauna of Tamil Nadu Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu Available at - http://tnenvis.nic.in
  • 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
  • Talwar, PK and Kacker, RK (1984) Commercial sea fishes of India ZSI, Calcutta 997 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Murty, VS (1996) Marine ornamental fishes of India Proceedings of the Seminar on Fisheries - A Multibillion Dollar Industry, Madras CMFRI 23-34 Available at - http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/7786/1/678-Mur.pdf
  • Murty, VS (1969) Catalogue of fishes (excluding from the Laccadives) in the reference collections of the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute Bulletin of Central Marine Research Institute CMFRI, Cochin 10 1-38 Available at - http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/571/1/Bulletin_10.pdf

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