Tetraodon nigropunctatus   Bloch and Schneider,  1801 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 52-235 mm

Color: Brown, becoming lighter on the sides and beneath, with small scattered black spots on head, body and tail. Sides of mouth dark brown. A semilunar black blotch around the vent. Dorsal, anal and caudal dull white, rays light brownish. Some specimens pale yellowish with black spots on head and body and the hind third of pectoral brown.

Head 2.8-3.0 in standard length, 3.5-3.7 in total length. Eye diameter 5.2-5.8 in head, 2.1-2.3 in snout and about 2.8-3.0 in nearly flat interorbital space. Head, body and tail except sides of mouth and posterior part of caudal peduncle with small whitish spines. Nasal organs of two tentacles on a short stem. Pectoral fin about 3.0-3.3 in head. Longest rays of dorsal and anal 3.4-3.8 in head.
Number of spines and rays in the dorsal fin: i, 9; number of spines and rays in the anal fin: i, 9-10; number of rays in the pectoral fin: ii, 15-16.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Tetraodon nigropunctatus Bloch and Schneider, 1801
Arothron nigropunctatus Smith, 1949
Tetrodon nigropunctatus Day, 1878

Common Name (s)
• Reendu Koli
• Manjal Chundu
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated


• Lakshadweep (Lat: 11) (Long: 72.5) INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti Atoll (Lat: 10.55) (Long: 72.63) INDIA (Record: 01/1991-06/1992)
• Lakshadweep, Agatti INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Red Sea
• Lakshadweep, Chettalatt INDIA (Record: 05/01/1987-06/02/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti Atoll INDIA (Record: 01/1991-06/1992)

Literature Source(s)
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  • Anand, PEV and Pillai, NGK (2003) Habitat distribution and species diversity of coral reef fishes in the reefslope of the Kavaratti atoll, Lakshadweep, India Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India The Marine Biological Association of India, Cochin 45(1) 88-98 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
  • 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
  • Kumaran, M; Murty, VS and Lalmohan, RS (1989) Resources of ornamental fishes Marine living resources of the union territory of Lakshadweep: An indicative survey with suggestions for development Bulletin of Central Marine Research Institute CMFRI 43 46-64 Available at - http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/8213/1/Bulletin_No_43.pdf
  • Anand, PEV and Pillai, NGK (2004) Community organization of reef fishes in the live coral sub-habitat of Kavaratti atoll, Lakshadweep, India Indian Journal of Fisheries Indian Journal of Fisheries for the Indian Council of Agricultural Research 51(1) 87-95 Available at - http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/150/1/IJF_51_no.1_%2C2004_-_12.pdf

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