Petroscirtes mitratus   Ruppell,  1830 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Randall, J.E.

Size: 7.5-8.5 cm.

Color: Brown with two irregular rows of white patches along sides. Dorsal and anal hyaline with dark markings. Pectoral hyaline. Ventral brownish. Caudal hyaline, rays with brownish spots.

Head 3.7-4.3 in standard length, 4.6-5.2 in total length. Depth of body 3.6-3.9 in standard length, 4.4-4.8 in total length. Eye diameter 3.4-3.8 in head, interorbital space about two thirds of eye diameter. Gill opening an oblique slit above base of pectoral fin. Pectoral fin as long as head without snout. A large canine in lower jaw and a small one in the upper jaw. Cirrus above eye flattened or ciliate. Small skinny tentacles behind eye, over opercle, along lower preopercle margin, at nape and on chin. Nasal cirrus small. First three spines longer than others and separated by a notch from the rest of the chin. Last dorsal and anal rays joined to caudal peduncle by membrane. Swim with its tail oriented vertically. Number of spines and rays in the dorsal fin: XI, 14-15; number of spines and rays in the anal fin: II, 14-15; number of rays in the pectoral fin: (14) 15; number of spines and rays in the ventral fin: I, 3.

Dioecious, external fertilization, guarders, nesters. Uses empty mollusk shells for nesting. Oviparous, distinct pairing. Eggs are demersal and adhesive.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Petroscirtes barbatus Peters, 1855
(Junior synonym)
Petroscirtes marmoratus Lienard, 1891
(Ambiguous synonym)
Petroscirtes mitratus Ruppell, 1830
(Senior synonym)
Petroskirtes marmoratus Bleeker, 1875
(Junior synonym)
Petroscirtes mitratus Ruppell, 1828
Petroscirtes lienardi Day, 1878
Blennechis mitratus Cuvier and Valenciennes, 1836
Petroskirtes mitratus Bleeker, 1851
Petroskirtes thepassi Bleeker, 1853
Petroskirtes hypselopterus Bleeker, 1855
Petroscirtes mitratus Gunther, 1861
Petroscirtes longifilis Kner and Steindachner, 1866
Petroscirtes mitratus Klunzinger, 1871
Petroscirtes mitratus Gunther, 1876
Petroskirtes marmoratus Bleeker, 1878
Petroscirtes barbatus Sauvage, 1891
Petroscirtes mitratus Steindachner, 1901
Petroscirtes longifilis Jordan and Seale, 1906
Petroscirtes hypselopterus M. Weber, 1913
Petroscirtes mitratus Barnard, 1927
Petroscirtes mitratus Fowler, 1928
Petroscirtes hypselopterus Whitley, 1932
Petroscirtes barbatus Herre, 1934
Petroscirtes mitratus Herre, 1939
Petrocirtes mitratus Ruppell, 1830
Petroskirtes barbatus Peters, 1855

Common Name (s)
• Floral Blenny (English)
• Dielahikkae (Mahl)
• White-spotted Blenny
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial

Habitat:  Reef Associated
Trophic Level:  Secondary Consumer
Prey:  Plants, benthic algae/weeds, fish eggs/larvae, detritus


• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Suheli INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Red Sea
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andamans INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA

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