Thalassoma quinquevittatum   (Lay & Bennett,  1839) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Max. size: 17.0 cm TL

Color: Males display with brilliant colors, red lines turning purple and often the abdomen bright yellow. Two uneven red stripes on dorsal half of body, 1 from below dorsal-fin origin onto upper caudal lobe, the other from above pectoral-fin base to caudal peduncle. Pectoral fins with green base and dark pectoral fins.

Body shape elongate. Dorsal spines (total): 8; Dorsal soft rays (total): 12 - 14; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 10 - 12.

Protogynous, external fertilization, non guarders, pelagic spawner.

Synonym (s)
Scarus quinquevittatus Lay & Bennett, 1839
(Senior synonym)
Thalassoma quinquevittata (Lay & Bennett, 1839)
Thalassoma quinquevittatus (Lay & Bennett, 1839)
Thalassoma quiquivittatum (Lay & Bennett, 1839)
Thalassoma qunquevittatum (Lay & Bennett, 1839)

Common Name (s)
• Nuhikkae (Mahl)
• Nihola (Malayalam)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial

Habitat:  Reef Associated
Trophic Level:  Tertiary Consumer
Prey:  Zoobenthos, finfish, bony fish


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • 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
  • Letourneur, Y; Chabanet, P; Durville, P; Taquet, M; Teissier, E; Parmentier, M; Quero, JC and Pothin, K (2004) An updated checklist of the marine fish fauna of Reunion Island, south-western Indian Ocean Cybium 28(3) 199-216
  • Kemp, JM (2000) Zoogeography of the coral reef fishes of the north eastern Gulf of Aden, with eight new records of coral reef fishes from Arabia Fauna of Arabia 18 293-321 Available at - Zoological Records(yemen-marine)
  • Allen, GR and Mohammed, A (2003) Coral Reef Fishes of Indonesia Zoological Studies 42(1) 26299 Available at - Digital Information Resource Center, Pune.
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at -
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Talwar, PK (1990) Fishes of Andaman and Nicobar Islands: A synoptic survey Journal of the Andaman Science Association Andaman Science Association, Port Blair 6(2) 71-102 Available at - NIO,Goa

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