Pomacentrus melanopterus   Bleeker,  1852 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 56-103 mm.

Color: Dark brown; upper part of head and edge of scales on sides of body darker. Some scales anterior to origin of lateral line with dark spots. Dorsal, anal and caudal fins dark, edges of membranes between dorsal spines darker. A broad black band across base of pectoral; pectoral fin lighter.

Head 3.4-3.6 in standard length, 4.4-4.6 in total length. Depth of body 2.0-2.2 in standard length, 2.5-2.7 in total length. Mouth oblique. Eye diameter 2.7-2.9 in head, 1.0-1.1 in interorbital space and 0.5-0.6 in snout. Maxillary not reaching to below front border of eye. Preorbital ending posteriorly in a flat spine. Preopercle finely serrate. Preorbital and suborbital naked. Two rows of scales on preopercle and one row on inferior limb. Pectoral fin longer than head. Ventral fin longer than pectoral, the first ray slightly produced. Dorsal fin spines increasing gradually in length posteriorly, the last as long as snout and eye together. Posterior limb also scaly. Hind border of preopercle with small, rather pointed denticulations. Scales on upper part of head reaching to between nostrils. Dorsal spines slightly increasing in length posteriorly, the last equal to snout and half diameter of eye together. Soft dorsal pointed, the longest rays equal to head without snout. First anal spine less than length of second, which is about as long as last dorsal spine, but much stronger. Soft anal similar to soft dorsal. Ventrals with the first ray produced, as long as head. Pectorals slightly shorter. Caudal slightly forked.
Number of spines and rays in the dorsal fin: XIV, 13-14; number of spines and rays in the anal fin: II, 14-15; number of rays in the pectoral fin: ii, 15 (16); number of spines and rays in the ventral fin: I, 5; number of scale rows along the lateral line: 18+8-9; 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: 2+1+9.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Pomacentrus melanopterus Bleeker, 1852
Pomacentrus brachialis Cuvier and Valenciennes, 1830
Pomacentrus melanopterus Gunther, 1862
Pomacentrus (Pseudopomacentrus) melanopterus Bleeker, 1877
Pomacentrus melanopterus Jordan and Seale, 1906
Pomacentrus violascens Fowler, 1918
Pomacentrus melanopterus Fowler and Bean, 1928
Pomacentrus melanopterus Fowler, 1928
Pomacentrus melanopterus Herre, 1936

Common Name (s)
• Padatham
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Ornamental fish)



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

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
  • Morphbank Florida State University, School of Computational Science, Tallahassee, FL 32306-4026 USA Available at - http://www.morphbank.net/
  • Beaufort, LF (1940) The fishes of the Indo-Australian Archipelago A. J. Reprints agency, Karol Bagh, New Delhi 8 508 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Murty, VS (1996) Marine ornamental fishes of India Proceedings of the Seminar on Fisheries - A Multibillion Dollar Industry, Madras CMFRI 23-34 Available at - http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/7786/1/678-Mur.pdf
  • Murty, VS (2002) Marine ornamental fish resources of Lakshadweep CMFRI Special Publication CMFRI 72 1-134 Available at - http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/3536/1/Special_Publication_No_72.pdf
  • Murty, VS (2001) Ornamental fish resources of Lakshadweep Bulletins of the Geological Survey of India 56 103-111 Available at - http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/8574/1/Murty.pdf

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