Anampses amboinensis   Bleeker  1857 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 20.3 cm.

Color: In preserved specimens reddish brown. Preopercle, inter-opercle and opercle with dark stripes and spots. Scales between isthmus and ventrals, and of belly with dark spots, forming longitudinal rows. Dorsal and anal reddish brown, with a narrow black submarginal and a narrow white terminal band. Dorsal with three, anal with two bluish gray longitudinal bands, each band narrowly bordered with black above and below. Caudal reddish brown, but lighter distally, the two colors sharply separated by a black narrow line, followed distally by a white band. These lines form a curve with the concavity hind wards and run from tip of upper lobe to that of lower lobe, the lobes belong to dark part of the fin. This dark part with several irregular transverse rows of light, black-edged ocelli.

Height 3.3-3.4, 4.2-4.3 in length with caudal. Head 3.2-3.3, 4-4.2 in length with caudal. Height of head 1.2 in its length. Eye 6.6-6.8, 2.2-2.6 in snout and 1.9-2.1 in convex inter orbital space. Mouth small, somewhat oblique and moderately protractile. Maxillary not reaching to below anterior nostril. Lips rather thick, the upper lip plated. Scales beginning above hinder half of eye. About 19 rows of scales before dorsal. These scales as well as those between isthmus and ventrals much smaller than those of rest of body. Dorsal spines flexible, not pungent. First spine as long as eye, last spine as long as snout. Membranes between the spines not incised. Soft dorsal somewhat higher than spinous part, the longest rays almost equal to snout and eye. First anal spine minute, third longest, almost as long as snout. Soft anal similar to soft dorsal. Ventrals with the first ray produced, equal to head without snout, and somewhat longer than pectorals. Caudal truncate, but the outer upper and lower rays produced and curved. Least height of caudal peduncle equal to length of snout and eye together.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Anampses amboinensis Gunther 1862
Anampses lunatus Sauvage 1891
Anampses amboinensis Herre 1931
Anampses amboinensis Bleeker 1857

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• INDIA (Record: 2003)
• Lakshadweep, Kadamatt INDIA (Record: 1980)
• Lakshadweep INDIA (Record: 1980)
• MAURITIUS (Record: 1980)

Literature Source(s)
  • Wafar, MVM (2003) Checklists of reef fauna Available at -
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Beaufort, LF (1940) The fishes of the Indo-Australian Archipelago A. J. Reprints agency, Karol Bagh, New Delhi 8 508 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • 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

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