Velifer hypselopterus   Bleeker   1879 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Color: Yellowish grey. A dark spot is present close to the dorsal fin origin. About 4 or 5 vertical bars run across the body. The fins are yellowish golden

The fish is deep-bodied and compressed and its mouth is small and terminal with a protrusible upper jaw. Fins are well developed with the rays of the dorsal and anal fins greatly elongated. The dorsal fin is long and has 1 or 2 spines and 33-34 rays. The anal fin which is also long has 1 spine plus 24-25 rays. The anal spine is minute and concealed by the scaly sheath at the base of the anal fin. The lateral line is distinct and the scales along its length are arranged in series of 72.

Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• Sailfin Velifer (English)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Demersal
Trophic Level:  Consumer
Prey:  Small crustaceans


• INDIA (Record: 1995)
• Gulf of Oman (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 -

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