Bregmaceros mcclellandi   Thompson,  1840 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Max. size: 9.6 cm SL

Body is elongate, brownish and with speckling above and silvery below. The cheek and lower head also silver. Striking fins. Single occipital ray long and delicate, extending to near the middle of the second dorsal fin. Pelvic fins are jugular. Locomotion by the movement of the body and/or caudal fin. Dorsal spines (total): 0 - 0, Dorsal soft rays (total): 57 - 66, Anal spines: 0, Anal soft rays: 58-69, Vertebrae: 52-58.

Synonym (s)
Asthenurus atripinnis Tickell, 1865
Bragmaceros maclelandi Thompson, 1840
Bregmaceros atripinnis (Tickell, 1865)
Bregmaceros longipes Garman, 1899
Bregmaceros macclellandi Thompson, 1840
Bregmaceros macclellandii Thompson, 1840
Bregmaceros maclellandi Thompson, 1840
Bregmaceros mcclelandi Thompson, 1840
Bregmaceros mcclellandii Thompson, 1840
Calloptilum mirum Richardson, 1845

Common Name (s)
• Spotted Codlet (English)
• Indian Cod (English)
• Cod Fish (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
Cultured:  Unknown

Habitat:  Pelagic, Estuarine
Trophic Level:  Secondary Consumer
Prey:  Ostracods, euphausiids, planktonic copepods, planktonic invertebrates
Predator:  Bony fishes belongs to the family Sciaenidae (Johnius dussumieri, Otolithes cuvieri, Pennahia anea)


• West Bengal, Kiagoria INDIA (Record: 1981-1982)
• Gujarat, Gulf of Kachchh (Lat: 22.6) (Long: 69.5) INDIA
• West Bengal, Digha Coast (Lat: 21.61) (Long: 87.53) INDIA
• Kerala INDIA
• Arabian Sea (Lat: 15) (Long: 69) INDIA (Record: 02/1985-06/1987) (Depth: 20-50 mts)
• Arabian Sea (Lat: 17) (Long: 73) INDIA (Record: 02/1985-06/1987) (Depth: 20-50 mts)
• West Bengal, Digha Ghole (Lat: 21.61) (Long: 87.53) INDIA (Record: 1981-1982)
• Andhra Pradesh, Off Visakhapatnam (Lat: 17.73) (Long: 83.55) INDIA (Record: 04/1989-03/1990) (Depth: 50 mts)

Literature Source(s)
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  • Bijukumar, A and Deepthi, GR (2009) Mean trophic index of fish fauna associated with trawl bycatch of Kerala, southwest coast of India Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India The Marine Biological Association of India, Cochin 51(2) 145 - 154 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Balachandran, K and Nizar, MA (1990) A check list of fishes of the Exclusive Economic Zone of India collected during the research cruises of FORV Sagar Sampada Proceedings of the first workshop on scientific results of FORV Sagar Sampada CMFRI, Cochin 305-324 Available at -
  • Manna, B and Goswami, BCB (1985) A check-list of marine and estuarine fishes of Digha, West Bengal, India Mahasagar- Bulletin of the National Institute of Oceanography NIO, Goa 18(4) 489-499 Available at -
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