Andamia reyi   (Sauvage,  1880) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Shao, K.T.

Size: 10 cm.

Color: Male dark, slaty grey, lighter below. No dark spots on head or fin. A faint pale line, with spots in it, down from front of eye over upper lip. A narrow white line down from front of crest around back of eye to upper lip. Back of crest black. A few white spots on opercle edge and clustered around top of gill openings, 4 or 5 more scattered irregularly on back under first half of spinous dorsal. Traces of paired vertical bands on body, but not plain. Dorsal with traces of vertical white lines between spines and rays, otherwise generally dusky, darker than body. anal with submarginal dark bands, tips of rays and base pale. Caudal rays dark, the membranes clear. Pectorals and pelvics unmarked. Female: A rim of white spots all around the eye, numbers scattered over top of head, those on opercle and anterior part of body more numerous than in male. Anal paler than in male or heteroptera, but traces of submarginal dusky band even quite black and broad in specimens from Christmas Island.

A triangular, very fleshy, lumpy crest on male as high as eye, and about same size. Top of head flat in female with no post ocular pit or lateral bulges. Lips not so deeply or fully crenulate as in heteroptera, but no sharp distinction is possible. Eye is little larger and inter orbital space often narrow, but not consistently so. Second dorsal spine of male 1 1/2 times length of head, or a little more, following spines all free from fin membrane by 2/3 depth of body, or 1 1/2 times eye diameter. Second dorsal spine of female also extended, 3/4 to 1 in length of head, remaining spines not extended or free from membrane.

Dioecious, distinct pairing, oviparous, external fertilization, eggs are demersal and adhesive, guarders of eggs.

Remarks: Value in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Salarias reyi Sauvage, 1880
Andamia raoi Hora, 1938

Common Name (s)
• Suckerlip blenny (English)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands 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
  • UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre Available at -
  • Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) Available at -
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at -
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Beaufort, LF and Chapman, WM (1951) The fishes of the Indo-Australian Archipelago A. J. Reprints agency, Karol Bagh, New Delhi 9 484 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • 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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