Pardachirus pavoninus   (Lacepede,  1802) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 20-25 cm TL.

Color: Reddish brown in color, densely spotted on head, body and fins of ocular surface also with spots of various sizes and shapes, bordered by a dark rim and some with a blackish spot on center.

Height 2.1-2.3, 2.3-2.8 in length with caudal. Head 3.9-4.7, 4.6-5.4 in length with caudal. Eye 6-8, the upper one slightly in advance of lower one and one and a half its diameter from frontborder of snout. Interorbital space scarcely concave, less than one eyediameter. Corner of mouth just before or somewhat beneath frontborder of eye. Posterior rays of dorsal and anal longer than the rest, the last 5 rays however rapidly decreasing in size, the outline of these fins being therefore truncate behind. Right ventral equal to postorbital part of head, longest ray of left ventral somewhat shorter. Eyes are on right side. Dorsal and anal fins separate from caudal fin, pectoral fins are absent, pelvic fins are unequal, the right one with an elongated base and attached posteriorly to genital papilla. Series of toxic glands along the bases of dorsal- and anal-fin rays, their pores visible. Dorsal spines (total): 0 - 0, Dorsal soft rays (total): 62 - 73, Anal spines: 0, Anal soft rays: 48 - 55.

Swimming type-movements of body and/or caudal fin. Swimming mode-anguilliform.

Venomous, extract from sac under the skin is toxic and the mucus appears to have shark-repellent qualities.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Achirus pavoninus Lacepede, 1802
Paradachirus pavonimus Lacepede, 1802
Pardachirus parvonimus Lacepede, 1802
Pardachirus povaninus Lacepede, 1802
Achirus maculatus Bleeker, 1845
Achirus pavoninus Cantor, 1850
Achirus marmoratus Ruppell, 1852
Achirus pavoninus Bleeker, 1852
Pardachirus pavoninus Gunther, 1862
Achirus pavoninus Bleeker, 1872
Solea (Pardachirus) pavonina Steindachner, 1870
Pardachirus pavoninus Macleay, 1881
Achirus pavoninus Day, 1888
Pardachirus pavoninus Gunther, 1909
Pardachirus pavoninus Kendall and Goldsborough, 1911
Pardachirus pavoninus Ogilby, 1916
Pardachirus pavoninus Fowler and Bean, 1922
Pardachirus pavoninus Norman, 1926
Paradachirus pavonimus (Lacepede, 1802)
Pardachirus parvonimus (Lacepede, 1802)
Pardachirus povaninus (Lacepede, 1802)
Pordachirus pavorinus (Lacepede, 1802)

Common Name (s)
• Peacock Sole (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial

Habitat:  Reef Associated
Trophic Level:  Secondary Consumer
Prey:  Feeds mainly on benthic invertebrates, especially small crustaceans


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands (Lat: 12.5) (Long: 92.75) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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