Callyodon sordidus   (Forsskal,  1775) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 172-973 mm.

Color: Variable; preserved specimens brownish to dark brown, caudal peduncle and caudal fin pale yellowish. Scales of body with dark center and pale hind margin. A broad dark area on upper part of snout through eye to upper edge of operculum, cheek lighter. A pale yellowish band along upper lip and another along lower lip, an irregular broad greenish band below lower lip and pale yellowish band on chin. Two or three pale yellowish streaks behind eye. Dorsal pale yellowish with an outer broad violet band, the lower edge of this band slightly darker; a violet basal band posteriorly on soft fin. Anal yellowish with greenish tinge, 1/4 to 1/3 of basal part violet. Pectoral pale brownish, a pale streak along upper one or two rays, distal edge of the fin hyaline. Ventral pale.

Head equal to depth of body, 2.6-2.7 in standard length, 3.1-3.2 in total length. Eye diameter 6.5-7.7 in head, 2.4-3.0 in snout and 2.1-2.5 in convex interorbital space. Lips narrow, leaving greater part of dental plate uncovered. Inner upper lip poorly developed, its connection with the outer lip somewhat nearer to corner of mouth than to symphysis of upper jaw. Teeth greenish, lips narrow, covering much less than half of dental plates, a rudimentary canine posteriorly in large specimens, absent in small specimens. Nostrils small, the posterior less than an eye diameter before eye. Two rows of scales on cheek, preopercular flange broadly naked. 4 predorsal scales. Dorsal fin spines and rays subequal, equal to twice eye diameter or longer. Pectoral fin longer than head without snout. Anal similar to dorsal. Caudal fin truncate or slightly rounded.
Number of spines and rays in the dorsal fin: IX, 10; number of spines and rays in the anal fin: III, 9; number of rays in the pectoral fin: ii, 13; number of spines and rays in the ventral fin: I, 5; number of scale rows along the lateral line: 24-25; 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+6½.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Scarus sordidus Forskal, 1775
Callyodon sordidus de Beaufort, 1940
Pseudoscarus sordidus Day, 1878
Xanothon bipallidus Smith, 1956
Scarus nigricans Cuvier and Valenciennes, 1839
Scarus chlorodon Jenyns, 1842
Scarus troschelii Bleeker, 1853
Scarus celebicus Bleeker, 1854
Pseudoscarus troscheli Bleeker, 1862
Pseudoscarus celebicus Gunther, 1862
Pseudoscarus variegatus Guichenot, 1865
Pseudoscarus troscheli Gunther, 1866
Pseudoscarus sordidus Klunzinger, 1871
Pseudoscarus troschelii Steindachner, 1888
Pseudoscarus variegatus Sauvage, 1891
Scarus celebicus Seale, 1901
Pseudoscarus sordidus Steindachner, 1902
Pseudoscarus troschelii Jordan and Evermann, 1905
Callyodon pyrrhurus Jordan and Seale, 1906
Callyodon rostratus Seale, 1909
Pseudoscarus troschelii Gunther, 1909
Pseudoscarus troscheli M. Weber, 1913
Callyodon sordidus Fowler and Bean, 1928
Callyodon celebicus Fowler, 1928
Scarus abacurus Herre, 1936
Callyodon sordidus Fowler, 1938

Common Name (s)
• Chandi
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Ornamental fish)



• Lakshadweep, Agatti INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands INDIA
• Red Sea
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park INDIA

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 -
  • 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
  • Murty, VS (1996) Marine ornamental fishes of India Proceedings of the Seminar on Fisheries - A Multibillion Dollar Industry, Madras CMFRI 23-34 Available at -
  • Murty, VS (2001) Ornamental fish resources of Lakshadweep Bulletins of the Geological Survey of India 56 103-111 Available at -

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