Aulacocephalus temmincki   Bleeker,  1854 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Max. size: 40.0 cm TL

Dorsal spines (total): 9-9, Dorsal soft rays (total): 12-12, Anal spines: 3, Anal soft rays: 9. Body deep blue in color with a yellow band from snout through eye and along back to caudal fin. Skin contains grammistin which imparts a bitter taste. The amount of toxin produced increases when the fish is frightened.

Dioecious, external fertilization.

Poisonous to eat.

Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• Goldribbon Soapfish (English)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated
Trophic Level:  Secondary Consumer
Prey:  Benthic crustaceans, bony fish


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Port Blair, Madhuban INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Rao, DV; Devi, K and Rajan, PT (2000) An account of ichthyofauna of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Bay of Bengal Occasional paper no 178 Records of the Zoological Survey of India ZSI, Calcutta 1-434 Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Letourneur, Y; Chabanet, P; Durville, P; Taquet, M; Teissier, E; Parmentier, M; Quero, JC and Pothin, K (2004) An updated checklist of the marine fish fauna of Reunion Island, south-western Indian Ocean Cybium 28(3) 199-216
  • Ajiad, AM (1987) First record of Aulacocephalus temmincki Bleeker, 1857 from the Red Sea and four rare species from Aqaba, Jordan Cybium 11(1) 104-105 Available at - ZOOR12500019890
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at -
  • Murty, VS (1969) Catalogue of fishes (excluding from the Laccadives) in the reference collections of the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute Bulletin of Central Marine Research Institute CMFRI, Cochin 10 1-38 Available at -
  • Talwar, PK (1990) Fishes of Andaman and Nicobar Islands: A synoptic survey Journal of the Andaman Science Association Andaman Science Association, Port Blair 6(2) 71-102 Available at - NIO,Goa

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