Eviota distigma   Jordan & Seale,  1906 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 2-2.3 cm.

Color: Greenish to translucent in life, changing on preservation. 2 dark brown spots behind eye and less distinct spots on nape; a dark streak from eye towards corner of mouth. Eight dark blotches from below pectoral to caudal peduncle often extending upwards as transverse bars; a dark blotch on side of caudal peduncle just at the base of caudal; base of pectoral dark or with two dark blotches and with a few dots on some of the scales on sides of body. Vertical fins dotted, anal often duskier than others. Pectoral whitish.

Head 3.3-3.8 in standard length, 4.1-4.6 in total length. Depth of body 4.3-4.7 in standard length, 5.3-5.7 in total length. Eye diameter 3.3-3.8 in head, 0.6-0.7 in snout and about 0.5-0.6 in interorbital space. Maxillary reaching about to below middle of eye. 2 or 3 rows of villiform teeth in jaws, outer row with a few caninoid teeth on sides. Anterior nostril a short tube on snout, posterior nostril with raised rim in front of eye. Gill opening extending to opposite lower edge of base of pectoral fin. Pectoral and ventral fin equal to or or slightly longer than head. Pectoral fin with 8 or 9 upper rays and the lowest ray simple, others divided. Ventral rays fringed. Caudal fin rounded.
Number of spines in the first dorsal fin: VI; number of spines and rays in the second dorsal fin: I, 8-10; number of spines and rays in the anal fin: I, 7-8; number of rays in the pectoral fin: 15-17; number of spines and rays in the ventral fin: I, 4; number of scale rows along the midside of body from the upper corner of operculum to the midbase of caudal fin in the absence of lateral line: 22-24; number of horizontal scale rows usually counted from origin of the dorsal fin to the lateral line and from anal origin to the lateral line: 7.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Eviota distigma Jordan & Seale, 1906
(Senior synonym)
Eviota stigmapteron Smith, 1958
(Junior synonym)
Eviota distigma Jordan and Seale, 1906
Asterropteryx abax Jordan and Snyder, 1901
Eviota distigma M. Weber, 1913
Eviota distigma Fowler, 1928
Eviota distigma Herre, 1936
Eviota abax abax Tomiyama, 1936
Eviota distigma Koumans, 1941

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated


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

Literature Source(s)
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