Zen scutatus   (Gilchrist & von Bonde,  1924) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 108 mm

Color: Uniform grayish. Fins hyaline except ventral which is blackish distally.

Body deep and compressed with small cycloid scales. Head 2.4 in standard length. Depth of body 1.8 in standard length. Eye diameter 2.8 in head, shorter than snout and 0.6 in slightly concave interorbital space. Mouth terminal and protractile. Teeth minute, in narrow bands in jaws and on vomer. A supraorbital ridge of spines. Ventral edge of chest and belly with seven spines. Bases of dorsal and anal with bony plates. Ventral fin large, without spine, about ½ snout shorter than head and reaching beyond origin of anal. Pectoral fin slightly shorter than eye diameter. First spine of dorsal about ½ of eye diameter; third spine longest, almost equal to eye diameter; last spine about half length of first spine. First anal spine strong, second very small.
Number of spines and rays in the dorsal fin: VII, 29; number of spines and rays in the anal fin: II, 29; number of rays in the pectoral fin: 14; number of spines and rays in the ventral fins: 9; number of scale rows along the lateral line: 85; gill raker count: 2+1+8.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Paracyttopsis scutatus Gilchrist and von Bonde 1924
Zen scutatus Norman 1939

Common Name (s)
• Dories
Economic Importance and Threats



• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kalpeni 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 - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • 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 - eprints.cmfri.org.in/3975/1/Special_Publication_No_12_Revised.pdf

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