Amblyapistus taenianotus   Cuvier & Valencienne  1829 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Size: 116 mm.

Color: In preserved specimens darker or lighter brown, with more or less distinct irregular dark streaks on body and fins. Thorax and belly sometimes milky white.

Height 2.6-2.8, 3.4-3.7 in length with caudal. Head 2.7-3, 3.6-4.3 in length with caudal. Eye 3.5-4, equal to snout in smaller, more than snout in larger specimens. Interorbital space very convex, 1.4-1.7 in eye. Mouth oblique. Maxillary reaching to below front border of pupil. Very small teeth in narrow bands in jaws on vomer, and on palatines. Preorbital with two spines, the superior one half as long as eye, the inferior half as long as the superior one. Hind border of preopercle with a spine, half as long as eye, and four short, blunt spines below it, the fourth not more than a knob. Origin of dorsal above front border of eye. First dorsal spine about one third of second, which is longest and as long as head. Spines decreasing rapidly in length to the sixth, which is half as long as second spine. These spines diverging and with broad, somewhat convex membranes between them. Sixth and following spines subequal, the last one slightly longer. The five anterior dorsal rays as long as posterior spines, the last ones rapidly decreasing in length, the fin being slightly pointed behind. A low membrane connects it with the caudal. Origin of anal below last dorsal spine. Anal spines increasing in length posteriorly, the first less than half length of third, which is as long as fourth dorsal spine. Dorsal and anal rays forked. Pectorals as long as head or slightly longer, reaching to anus, sometimes even reaching on anal. Pectoral rays forked, with exception of the first and of a few of the posterior ones. Ventrals shorter than pectorals, reaching anus. Caudal rounded. Lateral line with 21-24 tubes. Thorax scaled. Head naked.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Amblyapistus Carinatus Weber and deBeaufort 1962
Amblyapistus taenianotus Day 1878
Apistus taenianotus Richardson 1848
Apistus taenianotus Bleeker 1852
Tetraroge crista-galli Gunther 1860
Tetraroge taenianotus Gunther
Tetraroge taenianotus Bleeker 1863
Amblyapistus taenianotus Bleeker 1876
Amblyapistus taenianotus Day 1875
Amblyapistus taenianotus Steindachner 1901
Amblyapistus taenionotus M. Weber 1913
Amblyapistus taenionotus Barnard 1927
Amblyapistus taenianotus Fowler 1928
Amblyapistus taenionotus J. L. B. Smith 1950
Amblyapistus cristagalli Herre 1952
Amblyapistus taenianotus Herre
Amblyapistus taenianotus Inger 1957

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands (Lat: 12.5) (Long: 92.75) INDIA
• Orissa, Mahanadi Estuary (Lat: 20.32) (Long: 86.75) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andamans INDIA (Record: 1962)

Literature Source(s)
  • Zoological Survey of India (Eds.) (1998) Fauna Of Mahanadi estuary, Orissa Estuarine ecosystem series no 3 ZSI, Kolkata 1-218 Available at - ZSI, Pune
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Beaufort, LF and Briggs, JC (1962) The fishes of the Indo-Australian Archipelago Pataudi House, Daryaganj, New Delhi 11 481 pp Available at - NIO, Goa

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