Paramia quinquelineata   (Cuvier,  1828) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 30-81 mm

Color: Dull yellowish with five longitudinal dark bands on sides and a sixth median band from isthmus to vent. The lateral band from snout through eye ending in a black yellow edged spot on caudal base. Font border of spinous dorsal blackish, soft dorsal, anal and caudal more or less pale to dusky, pectoral and ventral yellowish.

Head 2.4-2.6 in standard length, 3.1-3.5 in total length. Depth of body 3.3-3.5 in standard length, 4.2-4.5 in total length. Eye diameter 3.1-3.4 in head, 0.9-1.1 in snout and about 0.7 in interorbital space. Maxillary reaching below behind middle of eye. Jaws with narrow bands of villiform teeth, two moderate canines on either side on upper jaw and three or four lateral canines in lower jaw. Vomer and palatines with small teeth. Preopercle edge finely serrated. Pectoral fin equal to snout and eye diameter together; ventral fin equal to or slightly shorter than pectoral fin.
Number of spines in the first dorsal fin: VI; number of spines and rays in the second dorsal fin: I, 9; number of spines and rays in the anal fin: II, 8; number of rays in the pectoral fin: ii, 10; number of spines and rays in the ventral fin: I, 5; number of scale rows along the lateral line: 25-26; number of horizontal scale rows usually counted from origin of the dorsal fin to the lateral line and from anal origin to the lateral line: 2+1+6 ½ .

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Cheilodipterus quinquelineatus Cuvier and Valenciennes, 1829
Paramia quinquelineata Jones, 1969

Common Name (s)
• Rungbodi
• Poothanachala
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Ornamental fish)

Habitat:  Reef Associated


• Lakshadweep, Chettalatt INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kilttan INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Suheli INDIA (Record: 06/03/1987-01/04/1987)
• Lakshadweep Islands INDIA (Record: 11/1993-01/1997)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA

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 -
  • Kumaran, M; Murty, VS and Lalmohan, RS (1989) Resources of ornamental fishes Marine living resources of the union territory of Lakshadweep: An indicative survey with suggestions for development Bulletin of Central Marine Research Institute CMFRI 43 46-64 Available at -
  • Murty, VS (2002) Marine ornamental fish resources of Lakshadweep CMFRI Special Publication CMFRI 72 1-134 Available at -
  • Talwar, PK (1990) Fishes of Andaman and Nicobar Islands: A synoptic survey Journal of the Andaman Science Association Andaman Science Association, Port Blair 6(2) 71-102 Available at - NIO,Goa
  • Pillai, PKM and Augustine, SK (2000) A code list of common marine living resources of the Indian seas CMFRI Special Publication No.12 CMFRI 1-115 Available at -

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