Aporops allfreei   Smith  1953 (Fish)
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Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 52-60 mm

Color: Light brown with several irregular dark brown blotches on body and dark brown markings on head. A dark brown line along anterior margin of eye. Fins brownish.

Head 2.6-2.7 in standard length, 3.2-3.3 in total length. Depth of body 3.5-3.7 in standard length, 4.3-4.5 in total length. Eye diameter 4.8-5.0 in head, slightly more than snout and 0.4 in interorbital space. Mouth oblique, maxillary reaching far behind a vertical from the hind border of eye. Villiform band of teeth in jaws, vomer and palatines. A flat spine at upper angle of preopercle. Upper margin of opercular membrane joined to the shoulder by a membranous flap. Pectoral fin slightly shorter than head without snout. Ventral fin longer than half length of postorbital part of head. Scales very small, extending to basal part of fins. Dorsal lateral line reaching to below hind half of soft dorsal; hinder lateral line on mid axis of caudal fin peduncle, beginning over origin of anal fin. Soft dorsal fin rays about twice longer than third spine of dorsal fin.
Number of spines and rays in the dorsal fin: VII, 22-23; number of spines and rays in the anal fin: III, 20-21; number of rays in the pectoral fin: i, 16; number of spines and rays in the ventral fins: I, 5; number of scale rows along the lateral line: 40+30; 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+28; gill raker count: 4-5+1+5-6.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Aporops allfreei Smith 1953

Common Name (s)
• Blotched Podge (English)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA (Record: 1980)

Literature Source(s)
  • Wafar, MVM (2003) Checklists of reef fauna Available at - http://www.reefindia.org/
  • 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 - http://www.marinespecies.org

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