Petroscirtes pindae   Smith  1959 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 36-60 mm

Color: Light brownish with indications of 6-7 incomplete dark cross bars and light patches along sides. Membrane between 1st and 2nd dorsal rays and between 9th and 11th or 12th rays with blackish blotches near margin. Bluish white spots on distal half of dorsal. Some dorsal rays with brownish streaks basally and submarginal blackish spots. Anal pale yellowish with 7 rows of brownish spots and streaks. Pectoral and ventral pale yellowish. Caudal yellowish with pale streaks basally on rays.

Head 4.0-4.2 in standard length, 4.7-4.9 in total length. Depth of body 5.3-5.4 in standard length, 6.3-6.5 in total length. Eye diameter 3.8 in head, equal to snout and about 0.7 in concave interorbital space. Lower canines strong and more than twice length of canines in upper jaw. Small flat tentacle above eye and tentacles present dorsolateral to eye, at nape and above opercle. Nasal cirrus simple and short. Small cirrus with short filaments on chin and 5-6 along preopercle edge. Gill opening less than diameter of eye, just above and a little in front of pectoral base. Second dorsal fin spine longer than others. Pectoral fin 1.3 in head, ventral fin 2 in head. Upper caudal ray slightly produced.
Number of spines and rays in the dorsal fin: XI, 15-16; number of spines and rays in the anal fin: II, 15; number of rays in the pectoral fin: 14; number of spines and rays in the ventral fin: I, 3.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Petroscirtes pindae Smith 1959

Common Name (s)
• Dielahikkae
Economic Importance and Threats



• Lakshadweep, Kilttan INDIA (Record: 1980)
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA (Record: 1980)
• Lakshadweep, Suheli INDIA (Record: 1980)
• Lakshadweep INDIA (Record: 1980)

Literature Source(s)
  • (2002) Lakshadweep Islands biodiversity strategy and action plan (Version: 3)
  • Jones, S and Kumaran, M (1980) Fishes of the Laccadive Archipelago The Nature Conservation and Aquatic Sciences Service, Trivandrum, Kerala 760 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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