Foa brachygramma   (Jenkins,  1903) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: Max length 8.0 cm TL (male/unsexed)

Color: Yellowish brown. Dark spots on dorsal, anal and caudal. Ventral dusky to dark. Pectoral pale yellowish.

Head 2.4-2.6 in standard length, 3.0-3.3 in total length. Depth of body 2.2-2.4 in standard length, 2.8-3.0 in total length. Eye diameter 3.3-3.4 in head, 0.6-0.7 in snout and 0.6 in interorbital space. Preopercle, opercle and suborbital entire. Maxilla extending behind a vertical from the hind margin of pupil. Villiform bands of teeth in jaws and on vomer and a narrow band on palatines. Third dorsal fin spine longest, about 1.5 times eye diameter. Second anal fin spine about equal to eye diameter. Pectoral fin longer than postorbital length of head. Ventral fin as long as pectoral. Lateral line incomplete, ending below front rays of second dorsal fin.
Number of spines in the first dorsal fin: VII; 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 fins: I, 5; number of scale rows along the lateral line: 9-10; 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: 1+1+6.

Dioecious, external fertilization, external brooders (mouthbrooders). Distinct pairing during courtship and spawning.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Apogon brachygrammus (Jenkins, 1903)
(Senior synonym)
Apogonichthys brachygrammus (Jenkins, 1903)
(Senior synonym)
Apogonichthys zuluensis Fowler 1934
(Junior synonym)
Foa brachygramma (Jenkins, 1903)
(Senior synonym)
Fowleria brachygrammus Jenkins, 1903
(Senior synonym)
Fowleria brachygrammus Jenkins, 1903
Foa brachygramma Smith, 1961
Apogon brachygramma (Jenkins, 1903)

Common Name (s)
• Weed Cardinalfish (English)
• Fehibodi (Mahl)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial

Habitat:  Benthic, Pelagic, Reef Associated, Estuarine
Trophic Level:  Secondary Consumer
Prey:  Benthic crustaceans


• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Wafar, MVM (2003) Checklists of reef fauna Available at -
  • Maroof, KA and Krupp, F (2003) Two new records of fishes from the Red Sea Zoology in the Middle East 30 55-59 Available at - ZOOR:ZOOR14003018742
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at -
  • 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. (1969) Catalogue of fishes from the Laccadive Archipelago in the reference collections of the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute. Bulletin of Central Marine Research Institute CMFRI, Cochin 8 1-35 Available at -
  • Jones, S and Kumaran, M (1968) New records of fishes from the seas around India - part VI Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India Marine Biological Association of India 10(2) 321-331 Available at -

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