Gnathodentex aureolineatus   (Lacepede,  1802) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 20 -30 cm.

Color: Back region is brown with narrow silvery stripes. The rest of the head and body mainly silver to gray except for 4 or 5 brownish-orange on lower 2/3 of side. There is a prominent golden yellow blotch directly below the posterior part of the dorsal fin just in front of the caudal peduncle.

Dorsal head profile moderately sloped; eye relatively large, its diameter about equal to length of snout. The cheeks are scaled; maxilla with a longitudinal reticulated ridge. The inner pectoral fin base are without scales. Height 2.7, 3.4 in length with caudal. Head 3.4, 4.2 in length with caudal. Eye 2.8, equal t o snout and to inter orbital space. Maxillary not reaching below front border of eye. About five curved rows of scales on preoperculum. Third and fourth dorsal spine longest, somewhat more than eye, and only slightly shorter than third anal spine. First anal spine less than half of second, which is about four fifths of third. Pectorals nearly as long as head, ventrals somewhat shorter.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Dentex lycogenis Bennett, 1831
(Junior synonym)
Gnathodentex oculomaculatus Herre, 1935
(Junior synonym)
Sparus aureolineatus Lacepede, 1802
(Senior synonym)
Pentapus aurolineatus Cuvier and Valenciennes, 1930
Pentapus aurolineatus Bleeker, 1854
Pentapus aurolineatus Gunther, 1859
Pentapus aurolineatus Day, 1888
Pentapus aurolineatus Gunther, 1875
Gnathodentex aurolineatus Bleeker, 1877
Pentapus aurolineatus Macleay, 1882
Pentapus aurolineatus Bryan and Herre, 1930
Pentapus aurolineatus Pellegrin, 1912
Pentapus aurolineatus Fowler, 1928
Pentapus aurolineatus Borodin, 1932
Pentapodus aurolineatus Fowler, 1933

Common Name (s)
• Striped Large Eye Bream (English)
• Bondu (Mahl)
• Cheekkanni (Malayalam)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial, Dangers
(Fisheries, usually marketed fresh or frozen
Causes ciguatera poisoning)

Habitat:  Reef Associated
Trophic Level:  Secondary Consumer
Prey:  Crabs, gastropods, small fish


• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti Atoll (Lat: 10.55) (Long: 72.63) INDIA (Record: 01/1991-06/1992)
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Lakshadweep Sea INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
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