Ariosoma purpureus   (Alcock)  1890 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Color: Body and fins purple black.

Body moderately long, subcylindrical; tail slightly longer than head and trunk. Head 6 in total length. Depth of body equal to postorbital part of head. Eye diameter more than 8 in head and about twice in obtusely rounded snout. Anterior nostril tubular, inferiorly at tip of snout. Posterior nostril a plain pore just above anterior orbital angle. Numerous mucous cavities on head. Mouth subinferior, its angle reaching behind vertical through anterior border of eye. Villiform teeth in broad bands in jaws and in a broad confluent patch on palate. Dorsal fin origin just behind the level of pectoral fins. Origin of anal fin about 1.7 times head behind hind border of operculum. Dorsal and anal fin confluent with caudal fin. Pectoral fin small, pointed, equal to half length of postorbital part of head.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Pormyllantor purpureus Alcock 1890

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Lakshadweep Sea (Record: 1980)

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 -

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