Histiopterus typus   Temminck and Schlegel,  1844 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Size: 20-42 cm.

Color: Small juveniles pale, with prominent dark blotches on body, dorsal, anal and pelvic fins; dark blotches enlarge and coalesce with age, the body then dark, with more or less distinct narrow pale vertical bands.

Body depth much greater than head length. Chin with a patch of fine barbels or papillae, more numerous with age; fine teeth in bands in jaws, none on palate. Dorsal fin very high, sail-like, with 4 spines; the first two short, the 3rd and 4th much enlarged, longer than head, subequal to first soft ray. Dorsal soft rays 25 to 27, anal fin with 3 spines (2nd longer and stronger than 3rd) and 8 to 10 soft rays. Lateral line scales 60 to 65.

Synonym (s)
Histiopterus spinifer Gilchrist 1904
Histiopterus tyfus Temminck & Schlegel, 1844
Histiopterus types Temminck & Schlegel, 1844

Common Name (s)
• Sailfin armourhead (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Marketed mostly fresh.)

Habitat:  Reef Associated


• Kerala INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Letourneur, Y; Chabanet, P; Durville, P; Taquet, M; Teissier, E; Parmentier, M; Quero, JC and Pothin, K (2004) An updated checklist of the marine fish fauna of Reunion Island, south-western Indian Ocean Cybium 28(3) 199-216
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Fischer, W and Bianchi, G (Eds.) (1984) FAO species identification sheets for fishery purposes. Western Indian Ocean (Fishing Area 51) FAO, Rome 3 Available at - http://www.fao.org/docrep/009/ad468e/ad468e00.HTM#Contents
  • 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

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