Alepocephalus blanfordi   Alcock,  1892 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Size: 35 cm.

Color: Body grey, head and fins black.

Height 5½ cm, head 3 cm. Eyes about half a diameter apart, about equal to depressed, obtusely pointed snout. Large nostrils close together in front of angle of eye. Mouth-cleft almost horizontal, maxilla reaching just beyond anterior border of eye. Dorsal and anal, similar in form, equal in extent and opposite, lie well within posterior third of body. Ventrals almost in middle of body, nearer to anal than to pectorals. Caudal deeply forked, with many rudimentary rays at its base. Scales thick, deciduous, cycloid. A row of fine teeth in jaws and on prominent palatines. Gillrakers broadly lanceolate, acute. Pseudobranchiae large.

Synonym (s)
Alepocephalus blanfordi Max Weber, 1913

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Tamil Nadu, Off Kanniyakumari INDIA
• Arabian sea

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
  • 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

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