Choeroichthys sculptus   (Gunther,  1870) (Fish)
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Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 60 cm.

Color: Variable, uniform dark brown with a whitish posterior edge on caudal, or with paired light spots dorsally and laterally, or light gray with large round dark spots on the rings of trunk and tail as also on opercle and lower surface of snout.

Shields corrugated, their edges granulated or finely serrated. Superior and inferior lateral intermedial shields of trunk and lateral and inferior intermedial shields of tail with a longitudinal keel, giving the impreession that laterally each ring on the trunk is provided with 5 and on the tail with 3 edges. Operculum with an oblique median raised keel from which radiate ventrally numerous prominent ridges and a few dorsally. Snout slightly turned upwards, equal to or somewhat longer than postorbital part of head, its keel and those on the head prominent but smooth. Tail, without caudal, shorter than trunk. Head more than 5 to 6 times in total length.

Dioecious, fertilization in brood pouch or similar structure. Bearers, external brooders. Ovoviviparous. The male carries the eggs in a brood pouch which is found under the tail. Males may be brooding at 4.6 cm SL.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Doryrhamphus macgregori Jordan and Richardson, 1908
Doryichthys sculptus Boulenger, 1897
Doryichthys sculptus Gunther, 1870
Microphis sculptus Jordan and Seale, 1906
Microphis ocellatus Snyder, 1909
Doryichthys sculptus Gunther, 1910
Microphis ocellatus Snyder, 1912
Choeroichthys sculptus Duncker, 1915
Choeroichthys sculptus (Gunther, 1870)
(Senior synonym)
Doryichthys sculptus Gunther, 1870
(Senior synonym)
Doryrhamphus macgregori Jordan & Richardson, 1908
(Junior synonym)
Microphis ocellatus (Snyder, 1909)
(Ambiguous synonym)
Choeroichthys sculptus Weber and de Beaufort, 1922

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Coastal


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Agatti INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Bitra INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Chettalatt INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA

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