Chelidoperca maculicauda Bineesh & Akhilesh, 2013
Indian perchlet

Family:  Serranidae (Sea basses: groupers and fairy basslets)
Max. size:  12.89 cm (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; marine; depth range 180 - 320 m
Distribution:  Indian Ocean: Arabian Sea. coast of southern India and off Somalia (Gulf of Aden) and Indonesia.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 10-10; Dorsal soft rays (total): 10-10; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 6-6; Vertebrae: 23-23. This species is distinguished by the following characters: D X,10; A III,6; pectoral-fin rays 15; lateral-line scales 42; gill rakers 3 + 9; caudal rays 17; 4th dorsal spine longest, 2.8 in HL; body depth 23.3% SL, 4.3 in SL; head length 40.3% SL; orbital length 9.3 in SL; 2.5-3 scales above lateral-line to dorsal origin; 40-46 serrae on margin of preopercle; dorsal fin continuous, with 9th dorsal spine shorter than tenth spine; longest dorsal soft ray (7th) 2.4 in HL; first anal-fin spine 8.7 in HL, second anal-fin spine 3.49 in HL; relatively short pelvic fin, 4 in SL; colour of head and body pinkish, ventral side pale; body with 6 white blotches; numerous small bluish white circular spots on lower caudal fin, upper caudal fin with a small circular grey spot distally (Ref. 75235).
IUCN Red List Status: Data deficient (DD); Date assessed: 17 July 2017 Ref. (130435)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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