Tetraodon meleagris   Lacepede,  1798 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: The Nature Conservation and Aquatic Sciences Service

Size: 125-245 mm

Color: Dark brown with small white spots smaller than interspaces between them all over head, body, vertical fins and basal half of pectoral; margin of fins pale to light brownish.

Head 2.9-3.2 in standard length, 3.8-4.0 in total length. Eye diameter 5.6-6.1 in head, 2.4-2.8 in snout and 3.4-3.7 in somewhat convex interorbital space. Nasal tentacle bifid. Pectoral fin 2.4-2.8 in head. Longest dorsal ray 2.3-2.5 in head and longest anal ray 2.4-2.8 in head.
Number of spines and rays in the dorsal fin: i, 11-12; number of spines and rays in the anal fin: i, 11-12; number of rays in the pectoral fin: ii, 15-16.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Tetrodon meleagris Lacepede, 1799
Arothron meleagris Smith and Smith, 1963
Tetraodon meleagris Jones and Kumaran, 1964

Common Name (s)
• Kalu Koli
• Karutha Chundu
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated


• Lakshadweep, Amini INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Amini INDIA (Record: 05/01/1987-06/02/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Bitra INDIA (Record: 09/02/1987-25/02/1987)

Literature Source(s)
  • Wafar, MVM (2003) Checklists of reef fauna Available at - http://www.reefindia.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
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • 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

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