Variola albimarginata   Baissac,  1953 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Randall, J.E.

Size: 40 cm FL.

Color: Brownish orange with numerous, small, irregular spots or streaks of pale blue, lavender or pink; rear margin of caudal fin dusky with a narrow white edge, fins otherwise colored like body, except pectorals which are yellowish.

Body depth contained 2.8 to 3.2 times in standard length. Preopercle finely serrate; sides of lower jaw with 1 or 2 large, fixed, curved, canine teeth; lower gillrakers 12 to 14. Dorsal fin with 9 spines and 14 soft rays; anal fin with 3 spines and 8 soft rays; pectoral rays 18 or 19; caudal fin crescentic, the upper and lower rays elongate. Lateral scale series 120 to 130.

Protogynous, external fertilization, nonguarders, open water/substratum egg scatterers.

Synonym (s)
Labrus punctulatus (non Lacepede, 1801)
(Misapplied name)
Serranus punctulatus (non Lacepede, 1801)
(Misapplied name)
Variola punctulata (Lacepede, 1801)
Variola louti (non Forsskal, 1775)
(Misapplied name)

Common Name (s)
• Lyre Tail Grouper (English)
• White Edged Lyretail (English)
• White-edged lyretail
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Sold fresh in local markets.)

Habitat:  Reef Associated
IUCN Status:  Least Concern



Literature Source(s)
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  • Durville, P; Chabanet, P and Quod, JP (2003) Visual Census of the Reef Fishes in the Natural Reserve of the Glorieuses Islands (Western Indian Ocean) Western Indian Ocean J. Mar. Sci. WIOMSA 2 95-104
  • Garpe, KC and Ohman, MC (2003) Coral and fish distribution patterns in Mafia Island marine park Tanzania fish habitat interactions Hydrobiologia Kluwer Academic Publishers 498 191-211 Available at - NIO, RC Kochi
  • Fischer, W and Bianchi, G (Eds.) (1984) FAO species identification sheets for fishery purposes. Western Indian Ocean (Fishing Area 51) FAO, Rome 4 Available at -
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • (2003) IUCN Red list of threatened species Available at -
  • 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 -

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