Runula tapeinosoma   (Bleeker)  1857 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 40-46 mm

Color: Back bluish, lower part of head and body pale yellowish; a blue stripe from snout through eye, broken into 23-25 vertical bars on midside of body, becoming narrow posteriorly and continued as a narrow stripe upto tip of median caudal ray and a narrow bluish stripe from above mouth to below base of pectoral. Dorsal and anal pale basally becoming bluish distally and with very narrow clear outer edge. Pectoral yellowish.

Head 4.8-5.0 in standard length, 5.7-5.9 in total length. Depth of body 6.8-7.0 in standard length, 8.0-8.2 in total length. Eye diameter 3.8-4.0 in head, 1.0-1.2 in snout and 1.0-1.1 in interorbital space. Mouth inferior. Teeth small, about 40 in upper jaw; about 70 in lower jaw with a large backwardly hooked canine on each side. Lower edge of gill opening opposite to lower half of base of pectoral but not reaching to lowest rays. Origin of dorsal fin above hind border of preopercle. Last ray of dorsal and anal fins attached to caudal peduncle. Pectoral fin shorter than postorbital part of head with half eye diameter. Ventral fin equal to or slightly longer than pectoral fin. Caudal fin slightly emarginate.
Number of spines and rays in the dorsal fin: 45-46; number of spines and rays in the anal fin: 30-32; number of rays in the pectoral fin: 12; number of spines and rays in the ventral fin: I, 3.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Petroskirtes tapeinosoma Bleeker 1857
Aspidontus tapeinosoma Smith 1949
Petroscirtes tapeinosoma de Beaufort 1951
Runula tapeinosoma Smith 1959

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Lakshadweep, Kadamatt INDIA (Record: 1980)
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA (Record: 1980)
• Lakshadweep INDIA (Record: 1980)
• Red Sea (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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