Bathytroctes squamosus   Alcock,  1890 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 26.6 cm.

Color: Black, body pinkish brown, fins transparent grey.

Head 3¾ - 4 and a little more than height. Snout much shorter than eye, which is 1/3 the length of the head and almost enters the dorsal profile. Nostrils large, situated immediately in front of eye. Mouth-cleft wide, approaching the transverse, intermaxillary short and slender, the broad maxilla reaches just behind level of mid-orbit and includes the mandible in repose, except anteriorly where the latter strongly projects. Small, even, acute, uniserial teeth, recurved in the intermaxillae, mandibles, palatines and vomer, procurrent or procurved in the maxillae. Dorsal begins just behind origin of ventrals, which are situated in the vertical through the middle of the body, measured without caudal. The anal begins in the vertical through the 13th dorsal ray. Caudal symmetrically forked. Pectorals long and narrow, their longest rays equal to length of head behind anterior nostril, almost touching the base of ventrals. Ventrals broad, reaching slightly beyond vent. Scales large, deciduous, excepting the lateral line, where they are adherent and perforated, there are scales on the cheeks and opercles. Gillrakers long and close set.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Bathytroctes squamosus Max Weber, 1913
Bathytroctes squamosus Alcock, 1890

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Lakshadweep Sea INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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