Bostrichthys sinensis   (Lacepede,  1801) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Size: 11.1-22 cm.

Color: Green above, yellowish below. Back and sides with oblong spots and violet transverse streaks, which do not reach the belly. Fins yellowish. Dorsal fins and anal fin with longitudinal streaks. Base of caudal fin above with orange ocellus, bordered with black. Pectoral, ventral and caudal fin with dark transverse streaks.

Body elongate, anteriorly cylindrical, posteriorly compressed, height 6 in length, 7 1/2 - 8 1/2 in total length. Head depressed, 3 3/4 in length, 4 1/5 - 4 1/3 in total length. Profile straight, or a little concave. Eye 6 in head, interorbital 2 eye diameters. Snout pointed, about as long as eye, or longer than eye, tip before middle of eye. Anterior nostril near margin of snout, tubular. Lower jaw a little prominent. Maxillary extends to below posterior margin of eye. Teeth of outer row distant, inner row small, mixed with larger teeth. Teeth of vomer conical, placed in half-oval patch. Tongue rounded. Scales very small. Head scaled. First dorsal fin obtuse, half of height of body. Second dorsal fin higher than the first. Pectoral fin obtuse, about as long as postorbital part of head. Ventral fin a little shorter than, or equal to pectoral fin. Anal fin a little shorter and lower than second dorsal fin. Caudal fin obtusely rounded, shorter than head. Anal spines: 1, Anal soft rays: 8 - 10, Vertebrae: 26 - 27

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Bostrychus sinensis Lacepede, 1802
Gobius sinensis Cuvier and Valenciennes, 1837
Philypnus ocellicauda Richardson, 1844
Philypnus sinensis Richardson, 1845
Philypnus ophicephalus Bleeker, 1849
Eleotris sinensis Gunther, 1877
Bostrychus sinensis Bleeker, 1877
Bostrichthys sinensis Day, 1889
Bostrichthys sinensis Herre, 1927
Bostrichthys sinensis Fowler, 1928
Eleotris (Bostrychus) sinensis Wu, 1931
Philypnus sinensis Schmidt, 1931
Bostrichthys sinensis Tomiyama, 1936
Bostrichthys sinensis Herre, 1936
Bostrichthys sinensis Koumans, 1941

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Fisheries, marketed fresh)
Cultured:  Unknown

Habitat:  Demersal, Estuarine
Trophic Level:  Tertiary Consumer
Prey:  Benthic crustaceans, finfish


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) INDIA
• East Coast, Coromandel, Pulicat Lake INDIA (Record: 1997-1998)
• INDIA (Record: 1953)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andamans INDIA (Record: 1953)
• 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
  • Kuo, RS and Shao, KT (1999) Species composition of fish in the coastal zones of the Tsengwen estuary, with descriptions of five new records from Taiwan Zoological Studies 38(4) 391-404 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • 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 -
  • Raj, PJS, Tilak, JL and Kalaimani, G (2002) Experiments in restoration of benthic biodiversity in Pulicat Lake, south India Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India The Marine Biological Association of India, Cochin 44(1 & 2) 37-45 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Koumans, FP (1953) The fishes of the Indo-Australian Archipelago A. J. Reprints agency, Karol Bagh, New Delhi 10 423 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
  • Anima: Marine Life Image Bank Available at -

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