Lepidozygus tapeinosoma   (Bleeker,  1856) (Fish)
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Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 10 cm.

Color: Olive to purplish on back becoming somewhat reddish on the lower sides of head, chest and abdomen. Dorsal bluish brown with orange colored oblique stripes and hind 2-3 rays orange. Anal bluish brown with horizontal orange colored stripes. Pectoral and ventral pinkish. Caudal lobes brownish, hind part of the fin orange. Upper part of head with pale spots. In another color variety, the dorsal fin is completely bluish brown with orange oblique stripes and the caudal is brownish, the hind part of the fork only slightly lighter. The hind rays of dorsal and inside the fork of caudal are not orange colored as in the other variety.

Head 3.2-3.8 in standard length, 4.5-5.4 in total length. Depth of body 2.8-3.2 in standard length, 3.6-4.3 in total length. Eye diameter 3.4-4.0 in head, 0.6-0.9 in snout and 1.0-1.2 in convex interorbital space. Hind margin of preopercle finely serrated. 17-18 gill rakers on lower limb of first gill arch. Mouth oblique. Maxillary reaching to below front border of eye. Scales on upper part of head reaching to between nostrils. Preorbital without scales. Suborbital scaly posteriorly. Five to six transverse rows of scales on preopercle. The last 8 dorsal spines are subequal and somewhat longer than the others. Soft dorsal obtusely rounded, slightly higher than spinous part. Second anal spine slightly longer than eye. Soft anal similar to soft dorsal. Pectorals and ventrals equal to or slightly shorter than head. A single series of somewhat conical teeth in jaws. Caudal fin deeply forked, the lobes somewhat filamentous. Pectoral fin slightly shorter than head. Ventral fin with the first ray produced, equal to or slightly shorter than head.
Number of spines and rays in the dorsal fin: XII, 14-15; number of spines and rays in the anal fin: II, 14-16; number of rays in the pectoral fin: ii, 19-20; number of spines and rays in the ventral fin: I, 5; number of scale rows along the lateral line: 18-20+13-16; 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: 3+1+9-10.

Highly variable in color, and able to change quickly, relating to behavior. When feeding on plankton above reefs it is silvery green, and darkens when sheltering on the reefs and shows a banded pattern when guarding eggs.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Daya jerdoni Jones and Kumaran, 1959
Pomacentrus tapeinosoma Bleeker, 1855
Lepidozygus anthioides Smith, 1956
(Junior synonym)
Pomacentrus tapeinosoma Bleeker, 1856
(Senior synonym)
Pomacentrus tapeinosoma Bleeker, 1856
Lepidozygus anthioides Smith, 1955
Lepidozygus tapeinosoma de Beaufort, 1940
Pomacentrus tapeinosoma Bleeker, 1855
Lepidozygus tapeinosoma Gunther, 1862
Lepidozygus tapeinosoma Fowler and Bean, 1928
Lepidozygus tapienosoma (Bleeker, 1856)

Common Name (s)
• Fusilier Damselfish (English)
• Bureki (Mahl)
• Maujahibureki (Mahl)
• Slender Demoiselle
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Aquarium. Used as bait in the tuna fishery.)

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Coastal
Trophic Level:  Secondary Consumer
Prey:  Zooplankton


• Lakshadweep, Minicoy (Lat: 8.28) (Long: 73.03) INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Perumul Par INDIA (Record: 01/1988-02/1988)
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Agatti INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Andrott INDIA (Record: 10/1986-03/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Kadamatt INDIA (Record: 10/1986-03/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA (Record: 10/1986-03/1987)

Literature Source(s)
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