Sargocentron praslin   (Lacepede,  1802) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Sultanate of Oman

Size: Maximum 32 cm TL; common to 20 cm.

Color: Body with alternate stripes of silvery white and reddish brown; a triangular streak of brownish red on cheek, from eye to corner of preopercle; often a concentration of pigment forming an elongate brown spot beneath soft portion of dorsal fin and a roundish blotch above base of soft portion of anal fin; spinous portion of dorsal fin red with a median band of co-joined whitish spots, the membranes tipped with white; a large dark brown spot in axil of pectoral; front edge of pelvic fins dark.

Body with dark brown to brownish red stripes, alternating with silvery white stripes. The upper 2 dark stripes often ending in an elongate dark brown spot at the base of the soft portion of the dorsal fin, the third curving downward to end at mid-base of caudal fin, the 4th ending just before the caudal peduncle, the 5th and 6th stripes converging posteriorly on lower edge of caudal peduncle, 7th and 8th ending in a dark blotch at the rear base of soft part of anal fin. Four oblique scale rows on cheek.

Body depth 2.6-2.8 in SL, head length (HL) 2.65-2.9 in SL, short and blunt snout, length 4.4-5.1 in HL, interorbital width 3.9-4.4 in HL. Mouth terminal to slightly inferior, maxilla often extending to below center of the eye, upper jaw length 2.35-2.55 in HL, premaxillary groove often reaching above anterior edge of orbit. Anterior end of nasal bone ending in a spine, surface or medial edge of nasal bone spineless, nasal fossa without spinules (occasionally large specimens with one spinule on anterior edge of fossa), upper edge of first suborbital bone with a slightly retrorse lateral spine, followed by a low ridge of recumbent spinules. Preopercular spine 1.5-2.2 in orbit diameter, 3.7-5.8 in HL, 3rd-5th dorsal spines subequal, the longest 1.85-2.2 in HL, 3rd anal spine 1.25-1.5 in HL. Dorsal spines (total): 11-11, Dorsal soft rays (total): 12-13, Anal spines: 4, Anal soft rays: 8-9.

Dioecious, external fertilization, nonguarders, open water or substratum egg scatterers.

Synonym (s)
Holocentrum marginatum Cuvier, 1829
Perca praslin Lacepede, 1802
Sargocentron paraslin (Lacepede, 1802)

Common Name (s)
• Brownspot Squirrelfish (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Fisheries, marketed fresh)

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Rocky
Trophic Level:  Consumer
Prey:  Small crabs, shrimps, zooplankton


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Nicobar Islands (Lat: 7) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Red Sea
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Campbell Bay INDIA (Record: 28/10/1992)

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