Albula glossodonta   (Forsskal,  1775) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Sultanate of Oman


Color: Silvery on the sides with its back blue-green to olive, belly is whitish

The fish has an elongate fusiform body. Snout is long, conical and projecting. The body is covered with well developed cycloid scales except for the head region which is naked. The dorsal and anal fins are located far back on the body and are both spineless. The caudal fin is deeply forked.

The young species pass through an eel-like leptocephalus stage.

Synonym (s)
Albula vulpes (Linnaeus, 1758)

Common Name (s)
• Roundjaw Bonefish (English)
• Indo-Pacific Bonefish (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Fisheries, gamefish)

Habitat:  Pelagic, Sandy, Muddy
Prey:  Small crabs, worms, molluscs


• INDIA (Record: 1995)
• Red Sea (Record: 1995)
• MADAGASCAR (Record: 1995)

Literature Source(s)
  • Al-Abdessalaam, TZS (1995) Marine species of the Sultanate of Oman p 412 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Fischer, W and Bianchi, G (Eds.) (1984) FAO species identification sheets for fishery purposes. Western Indian Ocean; (Fishing area 51). FAO, Rome 1 Available at -

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