Waitea mystacina   (Valenciennes,  1837) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Size: 80 mm.

Color: In preserved specimens light brown. body with about eight transverse bands, which are a little oblique placed. Head and anterior part of body with dark dots. Pectoral fin dark. Tip of first dorsal fin black, on the fin some dark bands. Second dorsal fin indistinctly spotted. Anal fin with a pale band near margin.

Body elongate, compressed, height 4 1/3 in length. Head compressed, 3-3 1/2 in length. Dorsal profile convex. eye 3 -3 1/2 in head, interorbital very narrow, about 1/4 eye diameter. Snout oblong, shorter than eye, tip before inferior margin of eye. Jaws subequal. Maxillary prolonged to halfway preopercle or to posterior border of preopercle. Teeth in both jaws in several rows, outer row a little enlarged, in lower jaw inner row enlarged. No canines. Tongue rounded. Some short mucous canal under eye, some longitudinal ones on cheek. Scales of body ctenoid posteriorly, cycloid anteriorly. Head naked, nape naked, except some scales just before insertion of first dorsal fin. Breast scaled. First ray of first dorsal fin filiform, the other rays decreasing in length. second dorsal and anal fin higher, the posterior rays are a little prolonged, reaching the caudal fin. Caudal fin obtuse to oblong. Pectoral fin pointed, base naked.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Gobius mystacinus Cuvier and Valenciennes 1837
Gobius pulverulentus Cuvier and Valenciennes
Gobius mystacinus Gunther 1861
Gobius maxillaris Macleay 1878
Waitea mystacina Jordan and Richardson 1908
Waitea parvida Tanaka 1915
Waitea maxillaris McCulloch and Ogilby 1919
Waitea mystacina Herre 1927
Waitea mystacina Fowler 1928
Mahidolia normani H. M. Smith and Koumans 1932
Waitea mystacina Koumans 1935
Waitea mystacina Tomiyama 1936
Waitea maxillaris Koumans 1940

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Coastal


• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA (Record: 2002)
• Tamil Nadu, Parangipettai INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Venkatraman, K; Srinivasan, M; Satyanarayana, CH and Prabhakar D (2002) Faunal diversity of Gulf of Mannar biosphere reserve Conservation area series 15 ZSI 77 pp; VIII pla Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • 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
  • Digital collections University of Washington libraries Available at - http://content.lib.washington.edu/
  • Natarajan, R and Subrahmanyam, K (1974) New records of gobioid fishes from Porto Novo, South India Journal of Marine Biology Association of India Marine Biological Association of India 16(1) 182-190 Available at - NIO RC, Kochi

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