Cheilodipterus lachneri   Klausewitz,  1959 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Randall, J.E.

Size: Max length 12.0 cm SL (male/unsexed)

Color: Yellowish with 8 dark brown lengthwise stripes on sides, the intermediate stripes narrower and a dark brown spot larger than iris at base of caudal. Fins yellowish; front of spinous dorsal and upper and lower edges of caudal slightly dusky.

Head 2.6-2.7 in standard length, 3.3-3.4 in total length. Depth of body 3.6-3.7 in standard length, 4.6-4.7 in total length. Eye diameter 3.0-3.3 in head, 0.7 in snout and also in interorbital space. Maxilla reaching to below hind border of iris. Upper jaw with villiform teeth in front and 3 canines on each side. Lower jaw with 2 canines on each side; no villiform teeth in front. Vomer and palatines with a narrow band of teeth. First spine of dorsal fin more than half length of second which is longest. Pectoral fin equal to or slightly longer than snout and eye together. Ventral fin shorter than pectoral.
Number of spines in the first dorsal fin: VI; number of spines and rays in the second dorsal fin: I, 9; number of spines and rays in the anal fin: II, 8; number of rays in the pectoral fin: ii, 10-11; number of spines and rays in the ventral fin: I, 5; number of scale rows along the lateral line: 24; 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: 2+1+6.

Dioecious, external fertilization, bearers, external brooders, (mouthbrooders). Distinct pairing during courtship and spawning. Sexual maturity reached at 6.5-7 cm.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Cheilodipterus lachneri Klausewitz, 1959
(Senior synonym)

Common Name (s)
• Poothan (Malayalam)
• Toothed Cardinalfish
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated


• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Red Sea

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 -
  • 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 (1967) New records of fishes from the seas around India - Part V Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India Marine Biological Association of India 9 (1) 1-12 Available at -
  • 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 -

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