Malacosteus indicus   Gunther  1878 (Marine Worm)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Size: 11.2 cm.

Color: Velvety black, distal 1/3 of dorsal and anal translucent, otherwise blackish.

Height almost 5¾, head 3 4/5 - 4. Eye oval, about 4 mm. Snout less than 1/3 of eye. Origin of ventrals about an eye length behind middle of body. Anal and dorsal in the last 1/3 of body, arising nearly in the same vertical. Teeth in the inter-maxilla small, in 4 widely set groups. First group with one, second with 3, third with 9, fourth with 8 teeth. About 20 minute teeth in the maxilla. The largest of the teeth in the mandible is a strongly curved fang near the symphysis. It is followed at some distance by a smaller fang, situated outside the series of teeth, of which are arranged in five groups. The first has six teeth, of which the last is by far the largest. The second group has 4-6 moderate-sized and some smaller teeth, of which the last is the largest. The hindermost 3 groups contain about 6 or more teeth in each group. Luminous organs as in the genus.

Synonym (s)
Malacosteus spec. Alcock 1899
Malacosteus indicus Brauer 1906

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Bay of Bengal (Lat: 15) (Long: 90) INDIA
• Bay of Bengal INDIA (Record: 1965)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman INDIA (Record: 1965)

Literature Source(s)
  • Alfred, JRB; Sinha, NK and Chakraborty, S (2002) Checklist of mammals of India Occasional paper no. 199 ZSI, Kolkata 289 pp Available at - NCL, Pune
  • 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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