Plectorhynchus nigrus   (Cuvier)  1830 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Color: Body uniform dark brown, often with reddish tinge; occasionally with a few coppery spots on body; pectoral fins white or pale; pelvic fins dark brown or blackish.

Body oblong and compressed, its depth about 2 times in standard length. Jaws subequal, lips chiefly upper greatly swollen with age. Dorsal fin with 14 spines and 15 or 16 soft rays, the spines strong; base of spinous dorsal fin about 1.8 times in soft fin. Anal fin with 3 spines and 7 soft rays, the second spine thicker and much longer than third. Caudal fin truncate with age. Scales moderate, predorsal scales not to nostrils.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Diagramma crassipinum Day 1875
Plectorhynchus nigrus Talwar and Kacker 1984
Pristopoma nigrum Cuvier 1830
Diagramma crassispinum Ruppell : Day 1875

Common Name (s)
• Black Sweetlip (English)
• Harvil (Marathi)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial



• Orissa, Mahanadi Estuary (Lat: 20.32) (Long: 86.75) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Mandapam INDIA (Record: 1984)
• Maharashtra, Mumbai Coast INDIA (Record: 1984)

Literature Source(s)
  • Zoological Survey of India (Eds.) (1998) Fauna Of Mahanadi estuary, Orissa Estuarine ecosystem series no 3 ZSI, Kolkata 1-218 Available at - ZSI, Pune
  • Talwar, PK and Kacker, RK (1984) Commercial sea fishes of India ZSI, Calcutta 997 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -

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