Gymnocaesio argenteus   (Bloch)  (Fish)
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Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 43-86 mm

Color: Coppery brown, whitish below. Dorsal and caudal pale with brownish tinge, other fins whitish. Axil of pectoral blackish.

Head 3.6-3.9 in standard length, 4.3-4.6 in total length. Depth of body 5.1-5.5 in standard length, 6.2-6.6 in total length. Eye diameter 3.3-3.5 in head, 0.9 in snout and 0.8-0.9 in interorbital space. Maxillary reaching below front border of eye. Premaxillary with two processes on each side in addition to the median one. A few minute teeth near symphysis of lower jaw, upper jaw edentulous. First dorsal fin spine minute, third longest, slightly longer than postorbital length of head. Supraorbital band of scales 4 scales wide and 11 scales long confluent with that of the other side. First anal fin spine minute. Pectoral fin shorter than head without snout. Ventral fin equal to or slightly longer than postorbital part of head. Dorsal and anal fins without scaly sheath.
Number of spines and rays in the dorsal fin: X, 14-15; number of spines and rays in the anal fin: III, 12; number of rays in the pectoral fin: ii, 18-19; number of spines and rays in the ventral fin: I, 5; number of scale rows along the lateral line: 76-82; 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: 7+1+13.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Bodianus argenteus Bloch, 1790
Gymnocaesio argenteus Jones and Kumaran, 1964
Gymnocaesio gymnopterus Bleeker, 1856

Common Name (s)
• Dandimugurang
Economic Importance and Threats



• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Agatti INDIA (Record: 10/1986-03/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Andrott INDIA (Record: 10/1986-03/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Perumal Par INDIA (Record: 10/1986-03/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Kalpeni INDIA (Record: 10/1986-03/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Cheriyam INDIA (Record: 10/1986-03/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Thilakkam INDIA (Record: 10/1986-03/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA (Record: 10/1986-03/1987)

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 -
  • Jones, S and Kumaran, M (1964) New records of fishes from the seas around India - Part I Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India Marine Biological Association of India 6(2) 285-306 Available at -
  • Kumaran, M; Pillai, PP; Mohan, RSL; Murty, VS and Gopakumar, G (1989) Live-bait resources and development Marine living resources of the union territory of Lakshadweep: An indicative survey with suggestions for development Bulletin of Central Marine Research Institute CMFRI 43 39-45 Available at -
  • Proceeding of the national conference on tunas (1989) Present status of tuna fisheries of Lakshadweep Available at -

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