Nemipterus nemurus   (Bleeker,  1857) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Randall, J.E.

Size: 22.5 cm.

Color: In preserved specimen light reddish. Fins light reddish.

Rostro frontal profile convex. Snout rather blunt. Height of head, measured in vertical through hind border of preoperculum, somewhat more than length of head without operculum. Height 3.7-3.8, 4.4 in length with caudal. Head 3.2, 4 in length with caudal. Eye 3-3.2, 1.1 in snout. Inter orbital space somewhat concave, 1.6 in eye. Mouth somewhat oblique, maxillary reaching slightly beyond vertical through front border of eye, or front border of pupil. Lower jaw slightly included. Small teeth in narrow bands in the upper jaw with an outer series of about 27 enlarged ones laterally and three curved canines anteriorly on each side. In the lower jaw 4 or 5 rows of small teeth anteriorly and a lateral row of about 20 larger ones. In front 4 or 5 canines on each side, smaller than those of the upper jaw. Posterior angle of suborbital rounded. Height of Suborbital equal to half of vertical diameter of eye, Its hind border forming a more or less straight line, which, when produced, reached the dorsal profile about 6 to 8 scales before origin of dorsal. Naked limb of preoperculum half as deep as scaly part. Hind border of preoperculum crenelated. Scales beginning on head above hinder half of eyes with an indistinct temporal band of about 5 scales. Dorsal spines stiff and pungent. The first more than half length of the second, which is shorter than third. Third and fourth spines sub equal, somewhat shorter than fifth. Fifth to tenth spine almost equal, the last spines only slightly longer and one third of horizontal diameter of eye longer than post orbital part of head. Membrane between dorsal spine scarcely emarginate. Soft dorsal as high as spinous part, pointed behind. First anal spine half length of second, which is slightly than third. Third spine as long as horizontal diameter of eye. Soft anal deeper than spinous part, scarcely less deep than soft dorsal, pointed behind. Pectorals a little less than length of head, ventrals, with the first ray produced, somewhat shorter. Caudal deeply forked, the upper lobe produced into a filament. Least height of caudal peduncle 1.6 in its length.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportion.

Synonym (s)
Dentex nemurus Bleeker, 1857
Synagris nemurus Gunther, 1859
Dentex nemurus Bleeker, 1877
Nemipterus nemurus Evermann and Seale, 1907
Dentex nemurus Fowler, 1928
Synagris nemurus Fowler, 1933

Common Name (s)
• Redspine Butterfly Bream (English)
• Redspine Threadfin Bream (English)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andamans INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands (Lat: 13.75) (Long: 94.25) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands (Lat: 6.75) (Long: 92.16) INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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  • Rajan, PT (2003) A field guide to marine food fishes of Andaman and Nicobar Islands ZSI, 234/4, AJC Bose Road, 2nd MSO Building, (13th Floor), Nizam Palace, Kolkata-700 020 260 pp Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Kuronuma, K and Abe, Y (1986) Fishes of the Arabian Gulf Fishes of the Arabian Gulf 1-356 Available at - ZOOR12500001320
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  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
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