Oedalechilus labiosus   (Valenciennes,  1836) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 20-40 cm.

Color: Dusky grey above, white on belly; a dark spot on pectoral fin base.

Body moderately robust; head wide, dorsally flattened. Head length 22 to 24% of standard length; fatty (adipose) tissue a rim around eye; lips thick, the upper with a row of papillae which develop in large fish into a horny fringe, lower lip turned down, with a crenulated horny edge and a low double symphysial knob; hind end of upper jaw reaching a vertical between the posterior nostril and the anterior rim of eye; lips toothless, but teeth present on roof of mouth; preorbital bone wide, filling the space between lip and eye, deeply notched anteriorly. First dorsal fin origin nearer to caudal fin base than to snout tip; second dorsal fin origin at vertical through posterior quarter of anal fin base; pectoral axillary scale moderately long (24.5 to 25% of the pectoral fin length); pectoral fin 100 to 112% of the head length; anal fin with 3 spines and 9 soft rays; second dorsal and anal fins densely scaled. Scales in lateral series 34 to 36.

Synonym (s)
Liza joloensis (Seale, 1909)
Crenimugil labiosus (Valenciennes, 1836)
Mugil labiosus Valenciennes, 1836
Plicomugil labiosus (Valenciennes, 1836)
Plicomungil labiosus (Valenciennes, 1836)

Common Name (s)
• Hornlip Mullet (English)
• Thicklip Mullet (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Used as live bait in pole-and-line tuna fishing)

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Coastal


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Great Nicobar Island INDIA (Record: 08/2000-07/2003)

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
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at - http://www.fishbase.org
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Fischer, W and Bianchi, G (Eds.) (1984) FAO species identification sheets for fishery purposes. Western Indian Ocean (Fishing Area 51) FAO, Rome 3 Available at - http://www.fao.org/docrep/009/ad468e/ad468e00.HTM#Contents
  • Rajaram, R; Srinivasan, M; Khan, SA and Kannan, L (2004) Ichthyofaunal diversity of great Nicobar Island, Bay of Bengal Journal of Indian fisheries association 31 13-26 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Rajaram, R and Nedumaran, T (2009) Ichthyofaunal diversity in great Nicobar biosphere reserve, Bay of Bengal Journal of Threatened Taxa Wildlife Information Liaison Development Society 1(3) 166-169 Available at - http://threatenedtaxa.org/ZooPrintJournal/2009/March/o198526iii09166-169.pdf
  • 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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