Tripterygion trigloides   Bleeker  1858 (Fish)
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Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 21-38 mm

Color: Pink, becoming pale yellowish on preservation with four dusky brown cross bars on sides; lower parts of head below lower border of eye with black dots extending on to base of lower part of pectoral. Dorsal fins clear, sometimes with dusky border to spinous dorsals. Anal pale to dusky. Dark dots sometimes present on lower rays of pectoral.

Head 3.2-3.4 in standard length, 3.9-4.2 in total length. Depth of body 4.6-4.9 in standard length, 5.5-5.9 in total length. Eye diameter 3.1-3.3 in head, 0.7 in snout and 0.3 in interorbital space. Mouth slightly oblique, maxilla reaching to below front border of pupil or slightly beyond. Anterior nostril tubular with a bilobed tentacle; posterior nostril with raised rim. Conical teeth in rows in jaws and an angular patch of minute teeth on vomer. Gill membranes united, free from isthmus. First spine of first dorsal fin equal to half length of first spine of second dorsal fin. Pectoral fin equal to or slightly longer than head; 6-7 lower rays undivided and thickened. Inner ray of ventral fin longer, as long as head without snout. Head, nape, anterior part of back upto anterior spines of second dorsal, base of pectoral and belly naked. Lateral line with 21-23 pored scales; anterior part concavely curved and ending below second ray of third dorsal.
Number of spines in the first dorsal fin: III; number of spines and rays in the second dorsal fin: XIII (XIV); number of spines in the third dorsal fin: 10; number of spines and rays in the anal fin: 19-20; number of rays in the pectoral fin: 15-16; number of spines and rays in the ventral fin: 2; 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: 47-49.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Tripterygion trigloides Bleeker 1858
Tripterygium trigloides Day 1878
Tripterygium trigloides Gunther 1861
Tripterygium trigloides M. Weber 1913
Tripterygium trigloides Herre 1934
Tripterygion trigloides Herre 1939

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kilttan INDIA (Record: 1980)
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA (Record: 1980)
• Lakshadweep INDIA (Record: 1980)
• Andhra Pradesh, Waltair INDIA (Record: 1980)

Literature Source(s)
  • Wafar, MVM (2003) Checklists of reef fauna Available at -
  • Rao, DV; Devi, K and Rajan, PT (2000) An account of ichthyofauna of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Bay of Bengal Occasional paper no 178 Records of the Zoological Survey of India ZSI, Calcutta 1-434 Available at - NCL, 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 -
  • Beaufort, LF and Chapman, WM (1951) The fishes of the Indo-Australian Archipelago A. J. Reprints agency, Karol Bagh, New Delhi 9 484 pp Available at - NIO, Goa

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