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New geographical records of 15 reef fish species from Lakshadweep, India

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  01 March 2024

Alvin Anto
Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kochi 682022, KL, India ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Kochi 682018, KL, India
Sandra Babu
Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kochi 682022, KL, India ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Kochi 682018, KL, India
Miriam Paul Sreeram
ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Kochi 682018, KL, India
Sreenath K. Ramanathan*
ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Kochi 682018, KL, India
Ronald Fricke
Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde in Stuttgart, 70191 Stuttgart, Germany
Corresponding author: Sreenath K. Ramanathan; Email:


In the present study, 15 new records from Kavaratti Atoll are added to the ichthyofaunal diversity of the Lakshadweep Archipelago and six to the Indian fish fauna based on underwater photographs and videos. Fishes were recorded from both lagoon and forereef areas off Kavaratti. The new records include Cirripectes auritus (Blackflap blenny), Cirripectes polyzona (Barred blenny), Ecsenius bicolor (Bicolor blenny), Glyptoparus delicatulus (Delicate blenny), Amblyeleotris wheeleri (Gorgeous prawn-goby), Eviota punyit (Punyit dwarfgoby), Eviota cf. teresae (Viridescent dwarfgoby), Cirrhitichthys falco (Dwarf hawkfish), Halichoeres leucoxanthus (Canarytop wrasse), Pseudocheilinus evanidus (Disappearing wrasse), Coris latifasciata (Broad banded wrasse), Pomacentrus xanthocercus (Yellowtail damsel), Plectroglyphidodon luteobrunneus (Indian gregory), Pomacentrus indicus (Indian damsel) and Synodus dermatogenys (Sand lizardfish). Six species, G. delicatulus, E. cf. teresae, E. punyit, P. xanthocercus, P. evanidus and C. latifasciata represent new records for Indian waters. The genus Amblyeleotris is recorded for the first time from Lakshadweep.

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