Alepocephalus bicolor   Alcock,  1891 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Shao, KT

Size: 30 cm.

Color: Brown, head and paired fins black.

Height about 4¾, head about 3 1/3 - 3¾ . Eyes 5-6 mm, converging anteriorly and more than their own diameter apart about 1 1/3 in the length of the obtusely pointed, conical snout. The very large pearshaped posterior nostril contiguous to anterior orbital margin, close to posterior nostril contiguous to anterior margin, close to posterior border of smaller anterior nostril. Cleft of the mouth slightly oblique. The rounded posterior end of the maxilla reaches just behind the vertical through anterior border of eye. Dorsal begins a little in advance of anal, its length 2/3 of that of anal, both begin just in advance of posterior third of body. Pectorals about equal to postorbital part of head, reaching ventrals, the origin of the latter is between that of pectorals and anal. Caudal deeply forked, with very numerous rudimentary rays at its base. Scales large, cycloid, deciduous, least on the lateral line. A row of small teeth on intermaxillary, mandibulary and palatines. Gillrakers long and lamellar. Pseudobranchiae small.

Synonym (s)
Alepocephalus bicolor Brauer, 1906
Alepocephalus bicolor Max Weber, 1913

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Demersal


• Bay of Bengal (Lat: 15) (Long: 90) INDIA
• Bay of Bengal INDIA (Record: 1965)
• Andhra Pradesh, Vishakhapatnam INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Alcock, A (1994) A descriptive catalogue of the Indian deep sea fishes in the Indian museum Oxford and IBH Publishing Co. Pvt. Ltd.,New Delhi 1-211 Available at - CMFRI Library, Cochin- 682018
  • Suppa, M; Suebsin, S; Suri, V and Songsirikul, T (1997) Checklist of fishes in Thailand Office of Environmental Policy and Planning 1-353 Available at - CMFRI, Kochi
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Weber, M; Beaufort, LF (1965) The fishes of the Indo-Australian Archipelago E.J. Brill, Leiden, Holland 2 404 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Fischer, W and Bianchi, G (Eds.) (1984) FAO species identification sheets for fishery purposes. Western Indian Ocean; (Fishing area 51). FAO, Rome 1 Available at -
  • Jayasankar, P; Pillai, NGK; Rajagopalan, M and Sobhana, KS (2007) Night fishing for oceanic tunas at Vishakhapatnam CMFRI newsletter Modayil, MJ 113 1-11 Available at -

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