Anarchias cantonensis   (Schultz,  1943) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 20.0 cm.

Color: Pale, with irregular vertical reticulated brownish bars on sides, clearly visible behind vent; lower side of head and abdomen pale; lips in some specimens barred; mucus pores on head white; caudal fin whitish.

Head 7.3-7.9, depth of body 16.4-20.4, both in total length. Head 2.2-2.6 in trunk. Head and trunk 2.1-2.25 in total length. Eye diameter 1.6-2.2 in snout which is about 6 in head. Snout to rictus 3.0-3.3 in head. Nape descends abruptly. Anterior nostrils short, tubular, on each side of tip of snout; 2 posterior nasal openings close together over each eye opposite hind half of pupil. Teeth in jaws in two rows, the upper inner series 5-6 canine like; 2 depressible fangs on intermaxillary with 3 slightly smaller teeth on each side; vomerine teeth uniserial. Dorsal and anal fins reduced to rudiments and confluent with caudal fin.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Uropterygius cantonensis Schultz, 1943
Anarchias cantonensis Schultz, 1953
Uropterygius cantonensis Schultz, 1943
(Senior synonym)
Anarchias cantanensis (Schultz, 1943)

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Benthic, Reef Associated


• Lakshadweep, Agatti INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kilttan INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Wafar, MVM (2003) Checklists of reef fauna Available at -
  • UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre 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 -
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at -
  • Jones, S. (1969) Catalogue of fishes from the Laccadive Archipelago in the reference collections of the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute. Bulletin of Central Marine Research Institute CMFRI, Cochin 8 1-35 Available at -
  • Jones, S and Kumaran, M (1965) New records of fishes from the seas around India - Part III Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India Marine Biological Association of India 7(2) 381-400 Available at -

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