Plicomugil labiosus   (Valenciennes,  1836) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 134-140 mm

Color: Brownish above, whitish below. Upper edge of base of pectoral with a small black spot, dorsal rays of pectoral slightly blackish, rest of the fin whitish. Anterior rays of soft dorsal and anal dusky, posterior rays pale white. Caudal slightly dusky.

Head 4.0-4.2 in standard length, 5.0-5.2 in total length. Depth of body 3.7-3.8 in standard length, 4.7-4.8 in total length. Eye without adipose lid, 3.6-3.8 in head, equal to snout and 2.1-2.2 in almost flat interorbital space. Extremity of maxillary exposed. Upper lip thick, broad, symphysis with a groove or concave edge, lower edge with a single row of papillae, a pair of lobes below edge on either side with a single row of papillae, lobes of lower lip with small papillae on sides and absent at symphysis. 19-20 scales before dorsal. Dorsal fin origin nearer to hind border of eye than to base of caudal fin and opposite to 11th-12th lateral scale. Origin of second dorsal fin opposite to 23rd or 24th lateral scale and above hind border of anal fin. Pectoral fin equal to head. Ventral fin slightly shorter than head without snout.
Number of spines in the first dorsal fin: IV; number of spines and rays in the second dorsal fin: I, 7-8; number of spines and rays in the anal fin: III, 9; number of rays in the pectoral fin: ii, 15; number of spines and rays in the ventral fins: I, 5; number of scale rows along the midside of body from the upper corner of operculum to the midbase of caudal fin in the absence of lateral line: 34-36; 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: 11-12.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Mugil labiosus Cuvier and Valenciennes, 1836
Plicomugil labiosus Jones and Kumaran, 1959

Common Name (s)
• Bengu
• Thirutha
Economic Importance and Threats



• Lakshadweep, Bitra INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA
• Red Sea
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andamans INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy Island (Lat: 8.11) (Long: 73.3) 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 -
  • Jones, S and Kumaran, M (1959) The fishing industry of Minicoy Island with special reference to the tuna fishery Indian Journal of Fisheries Indian Council of Agricultural Research 6 (1) 30-57 Available at -

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