Pseudamia gelatinosa   Smith,  1956 (Fish)
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Class: Actinopterygii

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Max. size: 11.0 cm TL

Color: Yellowish, with small dark spots on head; scales of body with small dark spots forming a series of somewhat longitudinal lines and larger spots irregularly arranged. A dark blotch at caudal peduncle near base of upper caudal rays. Spinous dorsal slightly dusky. Second dorsal, anal and caudal with dark specks. A diffuse dark blotch midway on upper side of caudal. Pectoral and ventral yellowish.

Head 2.6 in standard length, 3.3 in total length. Depth of body 4.1 in standard length, 5.3 in total length. Eye diameter 4 in head, equal to snout and 0.8 in interorbital space. Maxillary reaching to below hind border of eye. Two or three series of fine teeth in jaws, one long inwardly directed canine on each side near symphysis in upper jaw and a pair of recurved canines on either side in lower jaw, the anterior one being a little shorter than the other. Teeth on vomer, palatines and pterygoid. None of the opercles serrated. Operculum and nape scaled. Lateral line with 20 scales, ending below second dorsal fin. Anterior nostril with a large flap posteriorly. Pectoral fin equal to postorbital length of head and half eye diameter. Ventral fin less than postorbital length of head. First dorsal fin spine shorter than second spine. Second dorsal and anal fin higher than first dorsal fin.
Number of spines in the first dorsal fin: VI; number of spines and rays in the second dorsal fin: I, 8; number of spines and rays in the anal fin: II, 8; number of rays in the pectoral fin: ii, 14; number of spines and rays in the ventral fin: I, 5; number of scale rows along the midside of body from the upper corner of operculum to the midbase of caudal fin in the absence of lateral line: 41; 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: 3+1+14.

Dioecious, external fertilization. Distinct pairing during courtship and spawning.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Pseudamia amblyuroptera (non Bleeker, 1856)
(Misapplied name)
Pseudamia amblyuropterus (non Bleeker, 1856)
(Misapplied name)
Pseudamia gelatinosa Smith, 1956
(Senior synonym)
Pseudamia polystigma (non Bleeker, 1859-60)
(Misapplied name)
Pseudamia polystigma Smith, 1954
Pseudamia gelatinosa Smith, 1955

Common Name (s)
• Gelatinous Cardinalfish (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Ornamental fish)

Habitat:  Reef Associated


• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Lakshadweep Islands INDIA (Record: 11/1993-01/1997)

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