Chaetodon kleini   Bloch  1790 (Fish)
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Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 44 mm

Color: Yellowish, posterior part of body darker; a blackish band from nape through eye and meeting the one from the other side on chest and to base of ventrals; a light brownish transverse band below anterior dorsal spines; scales of posterior part of body with a dusky spot, tip of snout dark. Dorsal and anal yellowish grey with narrow whitish edge and narrow intramarginal dark line. Caudal pale yellowish. Ventral brownish especially towards the tip.

Head 2.9 in standard length, 3.5 in total length. Depth of body 1.6 in standard length, 1.9 in total length. Eye diameter 2.9 in head, 0.8 in pointed snout and also in interorbital space. Rostro-dorsal profile steeply convex with slight concavity above eye. Lateral line arched upto below last spines of dorsal and then obliquely downward ending below hind dorsal rays. Base of spinous dorsal fin much longer than that of soft part, median dorsal fin spines as long as head without snout. Third anal fin spine slightly longer than second spine.
Number of spines and rays in the dorsal fin: XIII, 22; number of spines and rays in the anal fin: III, 19; number of rays in the pectoral fin: 15; number of spines and rays in the ventral fin: I, 5; number of scale rows along the midside of body from the upper corner of operculum to the midbase of caudal fin in the absence of lateral line: 31; 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: 7+13.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Chaetodon kleinii Bloch 1790
Anisochaetodon (Lepidochaetodon) kleini Weber and de Beaufort 1936
Chaetodon kleini Jones 1969

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA (Record: 1980)
• Lakshadweep INDIA (Record: 1980)
• INDIA (Record: 1980)

Literature Source(s)
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