Cantherhines pardalis   (Ruppell,  1837) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Randall, J.E.

Size: 15-20

Color: Brown, usually with pale green to blue reticulations on sides producing a wire-netting or spotted appearance; alternating blue (or green) and brown lines running from eye and gill slit to mouth; fins yellow-orange, the caudal rays brownish; a white spot may or may not be present at rear base of both second dorsal and anal fins; iris brownish orange.

Body deep and compressed. Snout profile concave. First dorsal spine originating over anterior half of eye, armed with very small posteriorly directed barbs along each posterolateral edge, received into a deep groove in back when depressed; second dorsal fin rays 32 to 36; anal fin rays 29 to 32; pectoral fin rays 12 to 14; pelvic fin rudiment non-mobile, and not prominently projecting rearward of ventral flap. Caudal peduncle of adult males armed with a dense patch of fine bristles, naked in adult females and juveniles.

Synonym (s)
Monacanthus pardalis Ruppell, 1837

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Caught mainly by handlines)

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Coastal
Trophic Level:  Consumer
Prey:  Bottom-living organisms


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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