Callyodon jordani   (Jenkins)  1901 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: The Nature Conservation and Aquatic Sciences Service

Size: 305 mm

Color: Greenish with reddish brown tinge above, yellowish green below. Upper lip light orange, bordered above with green band and above this a pale band on snout upto eye and a broad dark green area above. Lower lip green, an orange band below and then a curved green band. Dorsal orange colored with green outer margin, bases of spines with green streaks and a few bluish green spots on soft part of the fin. Basal half of anal orange with greenish streaks basally, outer half green. Caudal bluish green with lighter hind margin and narrow pale bands along lobes. Pectoral with greenish dorsal edge, upper rays purple, lower 2/3 of the fin hyaline. Ventral yellowish with greenish outer border.

Head 3.2 in standard length, 4.3 in total length. Depth of body 2.8 in standard length, 3.8 in total length. Eye diameter 6.4 in head, 2.5 in snout and 2.3 in convex interorbital space. Nostrils small, adjacent, about 3/4 eye diameter before eye. Lips broad, upper lip covering more than half, lower lip about 2/5 of the green dental plates. Posteriorly in upper jaw one canine on on side and two canines on the other side. Two rows of scales on the cheek and two scales on the preopercle flange. Six predorsal scales. Pectoral fin 3/5 length of snout shorter than head. Caudal fin with outer rays much produced. Snout swollen before eye and almost vertical above mouth.
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: 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)
Pseudoscarus jordani Jenkins 1901
Callyodon africanus Smith 1955
Callyodon jordani Jones and Kumaran 1965
Callyodon (Margaritodon) africanus Smith 1959
Margaritodon africanus Smith 1956
Scarops jordani Schultz 1958
Scarus africanus Schultz 1958

Common Name (s)
• Chandi
Economic Importance and Threats



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

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 -

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