Inimicus filamentosus   (Cuvier,  1829) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Randall, J.E.

Size: Maximum 25 cm SL; common to 20 cm

Color: Mostly brown and yellow. Inner surface of pectoral fin coloration diagnostic, mostly brilliant yellow, with black patches near base, brown spots subterminally, and black distally.

Orbits extremely elevated, close set and broadly joined at their bases; interorbital width about equal to orbit diameter; a deep, oblong pit below and in front of eye; nape depressed, forming a deep saddle behind orbits. Dorsal fin with 15 or 16 (usually 15) strong, sharp spines and 7 or 8 (usually 8) segmented rays; 23 total dorsal fin elements; anal fin with 2 spines and 9 or 10 (usually 10) segmented rays; the 2 uppermost pectoral fin rays elongate, filamentous in specimens of all sizes, with filament on second ray longer than that on first.

Synonym (s)
Inimicus dactylus Cornic 1987
(Ambiguous synonym)
Pelor filamentosum Cuvier, 1829
(Senior synonym)

Common Name (s)
• Two Stick Stingfish (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Fisheries )

Habitat:  Benthic, Reef Associated, Sandy


Literature Source(s)
  • (2002) Lakshadweep Islands biodiversity strategy and action plan (Version: 3)
  • Letourneur, Y; Chabanet, P; Durville, P; Taquet, M; Teissier, E; Parmentier, M; Quero, JC and Pothin, K (2004) An updated checklist of the marine fish fauna of Reunion Island, south-western Indian Ocean Cybium 28(3) 199-216
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at -
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Fischer, W and Bianchi, G (Eds.) (1984) FAO species identification sheets for fishery purposes. Western Indian Ocean (Fishing Area 51) FAO, Rome 4 Available at -

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