Sebastapistes oglinus   (Smith)  1947 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 31-44 mm

Color: Yellowish brown, mottled and marbled with dark brown, lower jaw with alternating brown and white bars. Fins marbled with dark brown; midbase of pectoral with a dark blotch; anal and ventral darker than other fins.

Head 2.3 in standard length, 3.0 in total length. Depth of body 2.5-2.6 in standard length, 3.2-3.3 in total length. Eye diameter 3.8-4.0 in head, 1.0-1.1 in snout and 0.6 in interorbital space. Maxillary reaching to below hind border of eye. Villiform teeth in bands in jaws, in an angular band on vomer and in narrow bands on palatines. Head except upper part of opercle naked. Predorsal scales ending at nuchal spine. Spination on head consisting of one near anterior nostril; three supraorbital spines; two postorbital spines with a moderate depression between them; two pterotic and two post-temporal spines; preorbital with a forwardly directed spine anteriorly and the hind one directed downwards and backwards; suborbital with 2 or 3 spines; preopercle with 5 blunt spines; opercle with two flat spines and shoulder girdle with one spine. Small multifid nostril at anterior nostril. Filaments at preopercular margin and a small denticulated orbital tentacle. Pectoral fin shorter than head, 8th ray longest, reaching origin of anal fin. Ventral fin shorter than pectoral.
Number of spines and rays in the dorsal fin: XII, 8-9; number of spines and rays in the anal fin: III, 5; number of rays in the pectoral fin: i, 5, 9; number of spines and rays in the ventral fin: I, 5; number of scale rows along the lateral line: 22; 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: 7+1+11.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Kantapus oglinus Smith 1946
Sebastapistes oglinus Smith 1957

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA (Record: 1980)
• Lakshadweep INDIA (Record: 1980)
• SEYCHELLES (Record: 1980)

Literature Source(s)
  • Wafar, MVM (2003) Checklists of reef fauna Available at -
  • 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 -

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