Pomacanthodes semicirculatus   (Cuvier)  (Fish)
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Class: Actinopterygii

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Color: Anterior half of head and body upto anal origin yellowish, posterior part greyish brown; dark spots on sides of body; vertical fins brown with light spots on soft dorsal, anal and caudal.

Head 3.3-4.0, depth 1.5-1.7, both in standard length. Rostro-dorsal profile obliquely ascending with a slight concavity on snout. Eye above horizontal through gape of mouth, 3-4 in head, shorter than snout and about equal to interorbital space. Hind border of preopercle finely serrate, spine at angle of preoperculum about equal to eye diameter. Base of spinous part of dorsal fin longer than soft part. Dorsal fin spines increasing in length to the last, it being slightly longer than head without snout; soft dorsal acute with fifth to seventh rays somewhat produced. Third anal fin spine longest; soft fin acute with first two or three rays somewhat produced. Scales moderate, without axillaries.
Number of spines and rays in the dorsal fin: XIII, 21-23; number of spines and rays in the anal fin: III, 20-21; 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: about 75.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Pomacanthus semicirculatus Cuvier and Valenciennes, 1831
Acanthochaetodon semicirculatus Bleeker, 1877
Pomacanthodes semicirculatus Smith, 1949
Pomacanthus (Pomacanthodes) semicirculatus Weber and de Beaufort, 1936

Common Name (s)
• Bue Angel Fish (English)
• Angel Fish (English)
• Chitri
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated


• Red Sea
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Bitra INDIA (Record: 09/02/1987-25/02/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Bangaram INDIA (Record: 09/02/1987-25/02/1987)
• Tamil Nadu, Kovalam INDIA
• Gujarat INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Wafar, MVM (2003) Checklists of reef fauna Available at - http://www.reefindia.org/
  • Khan, MAR (1998) New record of six marine fishes from St. Martins Coral Island, Bay of Bengal, in Bangladesh Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society 95(2) 228-233 Available at - Zoological Records (Bangladesh)
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  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Kumaran, M; Murty, VS and Lalmohan, RS (1989) Resources of ornamental fishes Marine living resources of the union territory of Lakshadweep: An indicative survey with suggestions for development Bulletin of Central Marine Research Institute CMFRI 43 46-64 Available at - http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/8213/1/Bulletin_No_43.pdf
  • Radhakrisnan, EV; Kathirvel, M; Devarajan, K; Vijayakumaran, M; Poovannan, P; Thangavelu, R; Hameed, KS; Sankaralingam, S; Ramakrishnan, A and Thangar, VS (1989) An unusual congregation of organisms in the catches off Kovalam, Madras Marine fisheries information service ICAR 99 16-18 Available at - NIO, Goa
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