First molecular identification of coral fish, Cymolutes praetextatus (Quoy & Gaimard, 1834) in India and first report from Pondicherry coastal waters, South east coast of India

Srinivasan Nithya MARY, Vaithilingam RAVITCHANDIRANE, Balakrishnan GUNALAN


The present study reported the first distributional record of the labrid fish species Cymolutes praetextatus (Quoy & Gaimard, 1834) with DNA barcoding for the first time in India from Puducherry coastal waters situated on the east coast of India. Cymolutes praetextatus was collected at Pillaichavadi landing centre, Puducherry. Fish was morphologically identified at species level through the morphometric characters and description of colours. Molecular identification was carried out by the partial sequencing of the barcode region of the mitochondrial cytochrome oxidase subunit I (COI) gene, which is known to be hypervariable among different fish species.


Cymolutes praetextatus, coral fish, first occurrence, molecular identification, Puducherry

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