Callechelys melanotaenia   Bleeker,  1865 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: The Nature Conservation and Aquatic Sciences Service

Size: 53-58 cm.

Color: Whitish, with a broad black band along the upper part of the sides, head whitish marbled with dusky. Dorsal with a black margin.

Head 17, depth of body 41, both in total length. Head 10.8 in trunk. Snout about 7.5 in head. Eye diameter 2 in snout. Interorbital space almost equal to length of snout. Posterior nostrils below front border of eye, anterior nostrils in a tube about equal to eye. Snout pointed, convex. Cleft of mouth extending behind eye. Dorsal fin rather high, commencing above angle of mouth, ending opposite to end of anal fin, at a distance from tip of tail equal to cleft of mouth. Pectoral fins none. Teeth few in number, pointed, recurved, uniserial, those on intermaxillary plate stouter and biserial.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Callechelys melanotaenia Bleeker, 1864
Ophichthus melanotaenia Gunther, 1870
Ophichthus melanotaenia Klunzinger, 1871
Callechelys melanotaenia Jordan and Snyder, 1901
Ophichthys melanotaenia Gunther, 1910
Callechelys striatus Smith, 1957

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated


• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA
• Red Sea
• Lakshadweep, Suheli INDIA (Record: 06/03/1987-01/04/1987)

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 -
  • Weber, M; Beaufort, LF (1916) The fishes of the Indo-Australian Archipelago A.J. Reprints agency, Karol Bagh, New Delhi 3 455 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
  • 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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