Minicoy Fish

 

The following are some decorative fish found in Minicoy and Viringili islands and northern Maldives. The English, Divehi and scientific names are included.

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Emperor Angel

ހަނދުފޮޅި މަސް
Handhufolhimas
Pomacantus imperator



Moorish Idol


ދިދަ ނެގި
Dhidhanegi
Zanclus cornutus (Linnaeus)



Thread Fin Butterflyfish


ހަނދުފޮޅި މަސް
Handhufolhimas
Chaetodon auriga (Forskal)



Vagabond Butterflyfish


ހަނދުފޮޅި މަސް
Handhufolhimas
Chaetodon vagabunda (Linnaeus)



Butterflyfish


ހަނދުފޮޅި މަސް
Handhufolhimas
Chaetodon lunula (Lacepede)



Yellow-bellied Anemone Fish


މައުގަނޑު މަސް
Maugandumas
Amphiprion chrystogasta



Yellow-bellied Blue Damsel


ނިލަމަހި
Nilamahi
Pomacentrus caeruleus



Batfish


ގުންޑޮޅި މަސް
Gundolhimas
Chaetodon orbicularis




Blue-lined Surgeon Fish


ހަރަވާޅު ރަތްކަތި
Haravaalhu raiykathi
Acanthurus leneatus (Linneaus)




White-breasted Surgeon Fish


ވައުލަނގު
Vaulangu
Acanthurus leucosternon




Pearl Toby


ތުން ދިގު ކޮލި
Thun dhigui koli
Canthigaster margaritatus





Spotted Porcupine Fish


ކަށި ކޮލި
Karhi koli
Diodon hystrix (Linneaus)




Stars and Striped Puffer


ގަޅި ކޮލި
Galhi koli
Arothron hispidus (Smithus)





Red-toothed File Fish


ނަގޫ ދިގު ކަޅިހި
Nagoo dhigu Kalhihi
Onodus niger




Black-tipped Soldier Fish


ލޯ ބޮޑު ބަރިހި
Loa bodu barihi
Myripristis mardjan




Black-tipped Soldier Fish


ލޯ ބޮޑު ބަރިހި
Loa bodu barihi
Myripristis adustus (Bleeker)




Six-striped Soap Fish


ހަރަވާޅު ފުންނަ
Haravaalhu funna
Grammistes sexlineatus (Thunberg)




Honeycomb Grouper


ސިއްކި ސިއްކި ފާނަ
Sikki sikki Faana
Epinephelus merra (Bloch)




Streaked Spine-foot


ވޮށި މަސް
Vorhi mas
Siganus javus (Linneaus)




Golden-lined Spine-foot

ވޮށި މަސް
Vorhi mas
Siganus lineatus




Ocean Seahorse


ގުދަ މަސް
Gudha mas
Hippocampus cuda



A fish named after a Minicoy islander, Muraidu Ganduvar Ali Manikfan

Abudefduf manikfani Jones and Kumaran
Abudefduf manikfani Jones and Kumaran, J. Mar. boil.
Ass. India, 10, 324, fif.5, 1968.                                         
Abudefduf sp., Jones, Bull. Cent, Mar. Fish. Res. Instr.,
8, p. 19, 1969 (Cat. No. CMFRI LA-F. 67/518)
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Specimens studied: Kavarathi (4), 40 to 46 mm. Minicoy
(5) 31 to 53 mm.
D. XII. 16-17; A. II, 14; P.ii, 16, V. I. 5 LI, 20-21+8-9; Ltr. 3+1+9.

Head 2.9-3.2 in standard length, 3.8-4.2 in total length. Depth of body 1.8-2.0 in standard length. Eye 3.0-3.3 in head, 0.7-0.8 in snout and 1.0-1.1 I interorbital space. A single series of slender, compressed teeth in jaws. Preorbital, suborbital, prepopercle, opercle, subopercle and interoppercle without any serrations. Scales on head reaching to nostrils. Preorbital naked. First spine of dorsal slightly. Shorter than eye diameter, third or fourth dorsal spine longest, slightly shorter than snout and eye together. Second anal spine as long as third dorsal spine. Pectoral fin equal to or slightly shorter than head. Ventral shorter than pectoral.

Colour: Chocolate brown, breasts and lower sides of head lighter. Four vertical white bars on sides, the first from nape across hind border of opercle, second from base of 4th to 5th or 6th dorsal spine down to front of vent, third from base of last dorsal spine and first dorsal ray to base of middle of anal and the fourth on caudal peduncle. A broad dark brown ring on caudal peduncle immediately behind the fourth white transverse.

19 March 2006

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