Nemipterus randalli Russell, 1986
Randall's threadfin bream
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Nemipteridae (Threadfin breams, Whiptail breams)
Max. size:  25 cm TL (male/unsexed); max. reported age: 3 years
Environment:  demersal; depth range 22 - 450 m, non-migratory
Distribution:  Western Indian Ocean: including the east and west coast of India, Pakistan, Persian Gulf, Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, east African coast, Seychelles and Madagascar. This species has been previously misidentified as Nemipterus mesoprion.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 10-10; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9-9; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 7-7. Suborbital spine absent. Preopercle with 3 transverse scale rows. Pectoral and pelvic fins very long, reaching to or just beyond level of origin of anal fin. A line drawn up from posterior edge of suborbital reaching the dorsal profile at about 3 to 7 scale rows before origin of dorsal fin. Upper lobe of caudal fin produced into a long trailing light red filament. Axillary scale present. Color: Body silvery pink. Peritoneum salmon-pink.
Biology:  Benthic on sand or mud bottoms (Ref. 30573). No major fishery exists, but a large population is believed to occur in the Persian Gulf.
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 28 June 2018 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Carpenter, Kent E. - 15.06.92
Modified by: Reyes, Rodolfo B. - 22.03.18
Checked by: Torres, Armi G. - 06.03.94

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