Antennarius chironectes   (Latreille,  1804) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 67-200 mm.

Color: Nearly uniform blackish. A large black blotch at the base of posterior rays of dorsal and on anal. Tips of pectoral and ventral rays white.

Head 1.8 in standard length, 2.3 in total length. Depth of body 1.6 in standard length, about 2.1 in total length. Eye diameter about 10.5 in head and about 2.0 in snout and 3.0 in interorbital space. First dorsal spine terminating in a single fringed lobe, equal to third spine. Second spine half as long as the third spine, with posterior membrane. Last two rays of dorsal forked. Anterior ray of anal forked, rest of the rays forked. Pectoral and pelvic rays simple. Skin rough.
Number of spines and rays in the dorsal fin: 1+1+1+12; number of spines and rays in the anal fin: 7; number of rays in the pectoral fin: 10; number of spines and rays in the ventral fin: 6.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Lophius chironectes Lacepede, 1798
Antennarius chironectes de Beaufort and Briggs, 1962
Antennarius commersoni Munro, 1955
Antennarius commersonii Smith, 1949
Lophius commersonii Shaw, 1804
Chironectes vartiegatus Cuvier and Valenciennes, 1837
Lophius sandvicensis Bennett, 1804
Antennarius polyophthalmus Bleeker, 1852
Antennarius horridus Bleeker, 1853
Antennarius chironectes Bleeker, 1854
Antennarius horridus Gunther, 1861
Antennarius horridus Bleeker, 1865
Antennarius nigromaculatus Playfair, 1869
Antennarius commersonii Gunther, 1876
Antennarius multiocellatus Meyer, 1885
Antennarius horridus Jatzow and Lenz, 1899
Antennarius argus Fowler, 1903
Antennarius laysanius Jordan and Snyder, 1904
Antennarius sandvicensis Jordan and Evermann, 1905
Antennarius commersonii Fowler, 1931
Antennarius commersoni J. L. B. Smith, 1950
Lophiocharon horridus Schultz, 1957

Common Name (s)
• Peychanpolotha Meen
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated


• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA (Record: 1980)
• INDIA (Record: 1980)
• SRI LANKA (Record: 1980)
• Maharashtra, Mumbai INDIA (Record: 1962)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andamans INDIA (Record: 1962)

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 -
  • Beaufort, LF and Briggs, JC (1962) The fishes of the Indo-Australian Archipelago Pataudi House, Daryaganj, New Delhi 11 481 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Kumaran, M; Murty, VS and Lalmohan, RS (1989) Resources of ornamental fishes Marine living resources of the union territory of Lakshadweep: An indicative survey with suggestions for development Bulletin of Central Marine Research Institute CMFRI 43 46-64 Available at -

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