Pempheris oualensis   Cuvier,  1831 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 18-20 cm.

Color: Body is dark brown on back, shading to coppery on sides, tip and leading edge of dorsal fin broadly black, caudal fin dark posteriorly, pectoral fin base black. Yellow eyes and pinkish pectoral fin.

Rostro-dorsal profile in its middle slightly convex, before and behind it more or less straight, ventral profile strongly convex from chin to ventrals, behind them less so, height 2.2-2.4 in length, 2.5-2.7 in length with caudal, head somewhat higher than long, 3.5-3.9 in length with caudal. Eye 2.2-2.6 in head, inter orbital space 1.4-1.6 in eye, according to length. Maxilla passing front border of pupil, 1.76 to twice in head. Distance of dorsal from tip of snout conspicuously less than height of body. Height of dorsal and length of pectorals about equal to length of head. First ray of ventrals somewhat longer or shorter than half length of head, its spine 1/5 shorter. Teeth in jaws, palatines and vomer conspicuous, outer series of inter maxillary and mandibulary ones strongest, the anterior mandibulary ones somewhat forward inclined, triangle of vomer anteriorly rounded. Dorsal spines (total): 6 - 6, Dorsal soft rays (total): 8 - 10, Anal spines: 3, Anal soft rays: 38-43.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Pempheris oualensis Cuvier and Valenciennes, 1831
Pempheris oualensis Bleeker, 1851
Pempheris otaitensis Gunther, 1860
Pempheris otaitensis Kner, 1867
Pempheris mangula Gunther, 1875
Pempheris oualensis Bleeker, 1877
Pempheris oualensis Steindachner, 1906
Pempheris oualensis Jordan and Seale, 1906
Pempheris oualensis Snyder, 1912
Pempheris oualensis M. Weber, 1913
Pempheris oualensis Ogilby, 1913
Pempheris oualensis Herre, 1934
Pempheris oualensis Fowler, 1931
Pempheris oulensis Cuvier, 1831
Pempheris ovalensis Cuvier, 1831

Common Name (s)
• Silver Sweeper (English)
• Ammasabodi (Mahl)
• Ambatta (Malayalam)
• Kulakkathi (Malayalam)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Fisheries, aquarium)

Habitat:  Reef Associated
Trophic Level:  Secondary Consumer
Prey:  Crustaceans, mollusks, other small invertebrates and fishes
Predator:  Epinephelus hexagonatus


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andamans INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Amini INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kalpeni INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Great Nicobar Island INDIA (Record: 08/2000-07/2003)
• Lakshadweep, Amini INDIA (Record: 05/01/1987-06/02/1987)

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