Kuhlia rupestris   Lacepede,  1802 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Randall, J.E.

Size: Max length 45.0 cm TL male/unsexed; common length 25.0 cm SL male/unsexed

Max. weight reported: 2,700 g

Color: Silvery, the scales dorsally on body with black edges, those on side with a black bar or spot; juveniles with a broad black zone, edged above and below in white, in soft portion of dorsal fin, and each lobe of caudal fin with a large, white-edged black spot; black areas in these fins enlarge with growth until in adults most of these fins black (caudal with upper and lower edges and corners whitish).

Preorbital serrae 10-15 (obsolete in large specimens); body depth 2.6-3.0 in SL; mouth large for genus, maxilla reaching to below posterior half of eye; caudal fin emarginate, lobes somewhat rounded, caudal concavity 5.3-8.7 in head length. Reduced number of lateral line scales; 17-18(19) gillrakers on lower part of first bracnhial arch; body with spots. Dorsal spines (total): 10; Dorsal soft rays (total): 10 - 12; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 9 - 11.

Dioecious, external fertilization, non-guarders.

Synonym (s)
Centropomus rupestris Lacepede, 1802
(Senior synonym)
Dules haswellii Macleay, 1881
(Junior synonym)
Dules rupestris Lacepede, 1802
(Senior synonym)
Kuhlia sauvagii Regan, 1913
(Junior synonym)
Kuhlia splendens Regan, 1913
(Junior synonym)
Moronopsis rupestris Lacepede, 1802
(Senior synonym)
Dules rupestris Cuvier and Valenciennes, 1829
Dules guamensis Cuvier and Valenciennes, 1831
Dules vanicolensis Cuvier and Valenciennes, 1831
Dules rupestris Bleeker, 1854
Percichthys ciliata Gunther, 1859
Kuhlia ciliata Gill, 1861
Paradules rupestris Bleeker, 1863
Moronopsis rupestris Bleeker, 1872
Dules marginatus Day, 1888
Dules fuscus Sauvage, 1891
Dules rupestris Perugia, 1893
Kuhlia rupestris Boulenger, 1895
Kuhlia rupestris hedleyi Ogilby, 1897
Kuhlia rupestris Seale, 1901
Dules rupestris Pietschmann, 1913
Kuhlia rupestris Tate Regan, 1913
Kuhlia rupestris M. Weber, 1915
Kuhlia rupestris Herre and Montalban, 1927
Doules fuscus (Cuvier, 1829)
Doules rupestris (Lacepede, 1802)
Dules fuscus Cuvier, 1829
Dules guamensis Valenciennes, 1831
Kuhlia rupestris sauvagei (Regan, 1913)

Common Name (s)
• Dusky Finned Bulleye (English)
• Jungle Perch (English)
• Rock Flagtail (English)
• Spotted Flagtail (English)
• Paswa (Tamil)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Fisheries,utilized fresh or dried salted, gamefish)

Habitat:  Reef Associated
Trophic Level:  Secondary Consumer
Prey:  Small fishes, crustaceans


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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