Datnioides quadrifasciatus [Status Unaccepted]   (Sevastianof,  1809) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 30.5 cm.

Color: Olivaceous, dorsally darker, ventrally lighter, with about 8 to 10 dark brown transverse bands on sides and on caudal peduncle, about 6 of which are broader and complete, the others narrower, shorter and intermediate, in old specimens partly confluent, broader and reduced to four, in juvenile state better defined with a blackish opercular blotch and three bands on head radiating from eye to snout, back and inter operculum which flow together in old specimens into large black patches, median fins and ventrals blackish.

Compressed, oblong, dorsal profile elevated, ventral nearly straight, height 2 to 2.3 in length, head 2.2 to 2.8, pointed, the rostro-dorsal profile slightly concave till nape. Eye 4.8 to 5.5 in Head, situated in anterior third of head, its diameter longer than flatly convex inter orbital space, shorter than snout, which goes 3.5 to 3.8 in head. Cleft of mouth rather wide, oblique, lips thick, jaws nearly equal, inter maxillary protractile with a long pedicel extending to opposite posterior border of orbit, upper jaw reaching to below border of eye. Bands of fine teeth in jaws, the outer series enlarged, none on palate and tongue. Operculum pointed with a short, blunt spine and about 9 transverse series of scales, preoperculum with an obtusely rounded angle, above it somewhat more conspicuously serrated, Spinous dorsal more than twice longer than soft, which is rounded, the highest rays being in adult somewhat higher than the third to sixth spines which are the highest, the fifth going about 3 to 3.3 in height of body and about 1/3 of length of head. Anal rounded with three strong spines, the second the longest and strongest, about twice length of eye. Pectorals rounded, as long as postocular part of head. Ventrals of equal length but the first ray filamentous prolonged slightly surpassing vent. Caudal rounded, least height of its peduncle nearly twice diameter of eye.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Chanda setifer Hamilton-Buchanan, 1822
Gerres altispinis Gunther, 1862
Chaetodon quadrifasciatus Sevastianov, 1809
Coius polota Hamilton-Buchanan, 1822
Coius binotatus Gray, 1834
Coius binotatus Schlegel, 1842
Coius polota Richardson, 1844
Lobotes hexazona Bleeker, 1852
Datnioides polota Bkeeker, 1853
Datnioides polota Gunther, 1859
Datnioides polota Kner, 1867
Datnioides polota Bleeker, 1876
Datnioides polota Martens, 1876
Datnioides quadrifasciatus Bleeker, 1877
Datnioides polota Day, 1888
Datnioides quadrifasciatus Day, 1889
Datnioides polota Vinciguerra, 1890
Coius quadrifasciatus Fowler, 1905
Datnioides polota Lloyd, 1907
Datnioides quadrifasciatus M. Weber, 1913
Datnioides quadrifasciatus Hora, 1923
Coius quadrifasciatus Chaudhuri, 1923
Datnioides quadrifasciatus Hora, 1924
Datnoides polota Vinciguerra, 1926
Datnioides polota Vinciguerra, 1926
Datnioides polota Fowler and Bean, 1931
Datnioides quadrifasciatus Fowler, 1928

Common Name (s)
• Four-banded Tripletail
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Estuarine


• West Bengal, Ganges Estuary INDIA
• Orissa, Chilika Lake INDIA (Record: 1985-1987)
• Orissa, Chilika Lake INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh, Off Visakhapatnam (Lat: 17.73) (Long: 83.55) INDIA (Record: 04/1989-03/1990) (Depth: 50 mts)

Literature Source(s)
  • Rama Rao, KV (1995) Pisces Wetland ecosystem series 1: Fauna of Chilika lake ZSI, Calcutta 483-506 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Zoological Survey of India (Eds) (1991) Animal resources of India (Protozoa to Mammalia) ZSI 1-694 Available at - NCL, Pune
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  • Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) Available at - http://www.itis.gov.
  • Abbaasi, SA (1997) Wetlands of India-Ecology and Threats Discovery Publishing House,New Delhi II 1-182 Available at - NIO, RC Kochi
  • Johnny Jensen's photographic library Available at - http://www.jjphoto.dk/index2.htm
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  • Pillai, PKM and Augustine, SK (2000) A code list of common marine living resources of the Indian seas CMFRI Special Publication No.12 CMFRI 1-115 Available at - eprints.cmfri.org.in/3975/1/Special_Publication_No_12_Revised.pdf
  • Sujatha, K (1995) Finfish constituents of trawl by-catch off Visakhapatnam Fishery Technology Society of Fisheries Technologists 32(1) 56-60 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Das, P; De, SP; Bhowmik, RM; Pandit, IK; Sengupta, R; Nandi, AC; Thakurta, SC and Saha, S (2007) Piscine diversity of West Bengal Fishing chimes 27(5) 15-28 Available at - NIO, Goa

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