Synodus jaculum (Russell & Cressey, 1979)
Synodus jaculum (Russell & Cressey, 1979)
Genus: ,

Scientific Name: Synodus jaculum

English Name: Lighthouse lizardfish

Creole Name:

French Name: Anoli phare

IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)


Dorsal spines: 0; Dorsal rays: 11-13; Anal spines: 0; Anal rays: 8-10.

Body tubular, head somewhat depressed, caudal region tapered. Anterior palatine teeth long and forming a discrete group. short tubular dermal flap on 
anteriro nostril. Large cycloid scales on body extending onto cheeks and operculum. 5.5 scales above lateral line. 

Colour. Body brownish above, with dark brown saddle blotches and complex pattern of stripes and bars. Prominent black blotch on caudal peduncle. Fins 
transparent, with faint brown spots on dorsal and caudal rays. 


Maturity: Unknown. Max length : 20.0 cm TL; common length : 10.0 cm TL. 

Habitat and Ecology:

Associated with coral reefs (depth 2-100 m, usually 10-100 m). Frequently found on sand or rubble near coral heads. Solitary,in pairs or in small groups.
Feeds on shrimps and small fishes.

Fishery Status:

This species is not protected or subject to fishery regulations. Lizardfish are very rarely caught in the artisanal fishery. 


Photo courtesy Eleanor Brighton and Chris Mason-Parker (c) 2022 Blue Safari Seychelles/Marine Conservation Society, Seychelles. Photograph taken at Alphonse group 2022.


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Indian Ocean (Fishing Area 51). Volume 4. FAO, Rome.
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Nevill, J.E.G., Brighton, E. & Mason-Parker, C. (2022). Synodus jaculum, Lighthouse lizardfish. Seychelles Seatizens.

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