Aphareus furcatus   (Lacepede,  1801) (Fish)
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Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 34.8 cm.

Color: in preserved specimens uniformly olive. Fins dusky. The dorsal with faint light yellowish round spots, bordered above with darker, at the base of the membrane between the spines.

Height 3.5, 4.5 in length with caudal. Head 3.1, 4 length with caudal. Eye 4.6, 1.5 in snout and 1.4 in snout and 1.4 in somewhat convex inter orbital space. Mouth large, oblique. Chin prominent. Maxillary reaching almost to below hind border of eye. About three rows of very small pointed teeth in jaws, in the outer row somewhat longer teeth. No teeth on palate. Scales beginning on head with a supra temporal patch of teeth, the right and the left one separated from each other by a median, triangular prolongation of the scaling of the back, directed forward and ending anteriorly above posterior part of eyes, wedged in between the two patches, which reach anteriorly as far as it. Eight transverse rows of scales on preoperculum, the posterior and inferior limb of which is naked and much so at the somewhat projecting angle. Hind border of preoperculum rugose, 25 rows of scales before dorsal. Dorsal spines rather weak, flexible but pungent. First spine half length of second, which is somewhat shorter than third. Third spine longest, equal to post orbital part of head. Last spine somewhat more than eye, equal to first ray in length. Last dorsal ray extended, as long as snout and eye together. Anal spines slender, the first less than half length of second. Third spine longest, equal to snout. Anal rays somewhat shorter than third spine, but the last ray extended as that of the dorsal and as long as it. Pectorals pointed, falcate, less than half length of snout shorter than head. Ventrals slightly less than head without snout. Caudal deeply forked. Least height of caudal peduncle 1.6 in its length. 16-18 lanceolate gillrakers on lower branch of first arch and 5 on upper branch.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Labrus furcatus Lacepede, 1802
Caranxomorus sacrestinus Lacepede, 1803
Aphareus caerulescens Cuvier and Valenciennes, 1830
Aphareus furcatus Gunther, 1875
Aphareus furcatus Jordan and Starks, 1901
Aphareus flavivultus Jenkins, 1904
Aphareus flavivultus Jordan and Evermann, 1905
Aphareus furcatus Jordan and Thompson, 1911
Aphareus furcatus Jordan, 1913
Aphareus furcatus Jordan and Starks, 1917
Aphareus furcatus Fowler, 1928
Aphareus furcatus Fowler, 1931
Aphareus furcatus Weber and de Beaufort, 1936

Common Name (s)
• Gilolu
• Kannithodakki Nakara
• Smooth-toothed Jobfish
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated


• Lakshadweep, Agatti INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Agatti INDIA (Record: 01/1987-04/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Amini INDIA (Record: 01/1987-04/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Andrott INDIA (Record: 01/1987-04/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Bangaram INDIA (Record: 01/1987-04/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Bitra INDIA (Record: 01/1987-04/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Kadamatt INDIA (Record: 01/1987-04/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Kalpeni INDIA (Record: 01/1987-04/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA (Record: 01/1987-04/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Kilttan INDIA (Record: 01/1987-04/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA (Record: 01/1987-04/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy Island (Lat: 8.11) (Long: 73.3) INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Wafar, MVM (2003) Checklists of reef fauna Available at - http://www.reefindia.org/
  • Weber, M; Beaufort, LF (1936) The fishes of the Indo-Australian Archipelago Print times, Pataudi house, Daryaganj, New Delhi 7 607 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
  • 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
  • Kumaran, M; Mohan, RSL and Murty, VS (1989) Other fin-fish resources Marine living resources of the union territory of Lakshadweep: An indicative survey with suggestions for development Bulletin of Central Marine Research Institute CMFRI 43 65-72 Available at - http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/8213/1/Bulletin_No_43.pdf
  • Jones, S and Kumaran, M (1959) The fishing industry of Minicoy Island with special reference to the tuna fishery Indian Journal of Fisheries Indian Council of Agricultural Research 6 (1) 30-57 Available at - http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/1866/1/Article_04.pdf
  • Pillai, PKM and Augustine, SK (2000) A code list of common marine living resources of the Indian seas CMFRI Special Publication No.12 CMFRI 1-115 Available at - eprints.cmfri.org.in/3975/1/Special_Publication_No_12_Revised.pdf

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