Pomadasys furcatus   (Bloch & Schneider,  1801) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 50 cm.

Color: In preserved specimens light reddish brown, more or less silvery below, with 6 longitudinal dark parallel bands, the three upper ones from nape to base of soft anal, the fourth from upper part of eye to upper caudal rays, united with that of the other side on caudal peduncle. The fifth hind border of eye to middle of base of caudal, the sixth from below eye, through axil of pectoral to lower caudal rays. With exception of the first and last band the bands are more or less double in their anterior part. Spinous dorsal with a black outer border. Soft dorsal darkish, with a lighter longitudinal median band. Caudal anal and distal part of ventrals dark violet. Pectorals dusky.

Height 2.3-2.4, 2.8-3 in length with caudal. Head 3.1-3.2, 3.8-4 in length with caudal. eye 3.4-3.8, 1.1-1.2 in snout and somewhat more or less than rather convex inter orbital space. Mouth somewhat oblique, maxillary reaching to below front border of pupil. Several rows of small teeth in the jaws with an outer series of enlarged ones, this being the only row in the sides of the lower jaw. Scales on head reaching before eyes to line connecting posterior nostrils, on preoperculum in about 10 transverse rows. Hind border of preoperculum concave, finely denticulate.

Dorsal spines strong, their membrane rather deeply incised. First spine half length of second, which again is half length of third or somewhat longer. Third to fifth spine sub equal and longest, slightly more than post orbital part of head. Following spines gradually decreasing in length to the last, which is equal to or slightly shorter than second spine. First dorsal ray about as long as sixth spine, the dorsal fin therefore notched. Second ray slightly longer than first, following rays gradually decreasing in length to the last, which is about as long as the spine. First anal spine half as long as third and one third of second, which is not only longer but also much stronger than the third and equal to or exceeding snout and eye together. The membrane between the spine strongly incised. First soft anal ray longer than third, but shorter than second anal spine. Soft anal deeper than soft dorsal, its hind border somewhat concave. Pectorals half diameter of eye longer than head. Ventrals about equal to head without snout. Caudal slightly forked. Dorsal spines (total): 12, Dorsal soft rays (total): 14 - 15, Anal spines: 3, Anal soft rays: 7.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Pomadacys furcatus (Bloch & Schneider, 1801)
Grammistes furcatus Bloch and Schneider, 1801
Pristipoma paikeeli Cuvier and Valenciennes, 1830
Pristipoma paikeeli Cantor, 1850
Pristipoma paikeeli Bleeker, 1850
Pristipoma furcatum Bleeker, 1873
Pristipoma furcatum Day, 1888
Pomadasys furcatus Bleeker, 1877
Pristipoma furcatum Klunzinger, 1884
Pomadasys furcatus Steindachner, 1902
Pomadasys furcatum Barnard, 1927
Pomadasys furcatus Fowler, 1931
Rhonciscus furcatus (Schneider, 1801)
Rhonciscus anas (Valenciennes, 1862)

Common Name (s)
• Banded Grunt (English)
• Grey Grunter (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Marketed fresh)

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Rocky, Sandy, Coastal


• Tamil Nadu, Chennai INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Great Nicobar Island INDIA (Record: 08/2000-07/2003)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Campbell Bay INDIA (Record: 29/10/1992)
• West Bengal (Lat: 21.45) (Long: 87.9) INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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