Scolopsis cancellatus   Cuvier and Valenciennes,  1830 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Size: 21 cm.

Color: In preserved specimens reddish brown or olivaceous above, silvery below. In young specimens a median margaritaceous band from between eyes to origin of dorsal. A similar lateral band from above eye to middle of base of dorsal. Another band, broader in front, form hind border of eye to upper part of caudal peduncle. In older specimens the posterior part of this band disappears, and the band ends below posterior part of spinous dorsal, more or less connected through irregular margaritaceous patches with the band above. The median band on head and nape also gets indistinct in old specimens. Dorsal with a black patch between the first spines, reduced or light yellowish.

Height 2.5-3.1, 3.5-3.8 in length with caudal. Head 3-3.2, 3.8-4 in length with caudal. Eye 2.4-2.8, more than snout and than flat or somewhat concave inter orbital space. Scales on head beginning between anterior part of eyes. Mouth slightly oblique. Maxillary smooth, reaching to below front border of eye. Bands of slender curved teeth in the jaws, the outer series enlarged. Preoperculum with 4 transverse rows of scales, the inferior limb naked, the posterior border slightly scalloped and denticulate. Suborbital with a long spine, reaching to below hind border of pupil or somewhat farther. Below it two small spines, which may be wanting. First dorsal spine two thirds of second, which is slightly shorter than third. Fourth to seventh spine sub equal, as long as post orbital part of head or somewhat longer. Following spines gently decreasing in length. Soft dorsal not much lower than spines gently decreasing in length. Soft dorsal not much lower than spinous part, rounded. First anal spine more than one third of second, which is stronger and sometimes also longer than third spine and so long as longest dorsal spines. Soft anal truncate or somewhat rounded, higher than soft dorsal. Pectorals half length of snout shorter than head. Ventrals, with the first ray produced into a filament, as long as pectorals or somewhat shorter. Caudal forked.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Scolopsis lineatus Quoy and Gaimard, 1824
Scolopsides cancellatus Cuvier and Valenciennes, 1830
Scolopsides cancellatus Bleeker, 1850
Scolopsis cancellatus Gunther, 1875
Scolopsis cancellatus Bleeker, 1873
Scolopsis cancellatus Day, 1888
Scolopsis cancellatus Bleeker, 1877
Scolopsis lineatus Seale, 1901
Scolopsis lineatus Steindachner, 1906
Scolopsis cancellata Jordan and Richardson, 1907
Scolopsis cancellatus Fowler, 1931

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands INDIA (Record: 1936)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Great Nicobar Island INDIA (Record: 08/2000-07/2003)
• 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
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Weber, M; Beaufort, LF (1936) The fishes of the Indo-Australian Archipelago Print times, Pataudi house, Daryaganj, New Delhi 7 607 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • 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
  • 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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