Sphagebranchus orientalis   (McClelland)  1844 (Fish)
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Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order:Anguilliformes
Family:Ophichthidae

Description
Size: 30 cm.

Color: Brownish above, yellowish below.

Snout pointed, strongly prominent, with the anterior nostrils on its lower surface. Cleft of mouth one fourth of length of head. Distance of origin of dorsal from gillopenings one seventh of length of head. Dorsal and anal low, ending somewhat before tip of tail. Teeth acute, equal, uniserial. Gillopenings on the ventral side forming oblique slits, which are anteriorly converging with their curved anterior part. Their anterior membrane forms a double fold.

Synonym (s)
Dalophis orientalis McClelland 1845
Lamnostoma pictum Kaup 1856
Sphagebranchus orientalis Kner 1867
Ophichthys orientalis Gunther 1870
Ophichthys orientalis Day 1888
Ophichthys orientalis Sauvage 1891

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Ecology

Biogeography


• South coast INDIA (Record: 1916)

Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Weber, M; Beaufort, LF (1916) The fishes of the Indo-Australian Archipelago A.J. Reprints agency, Karol Bagh, New Delhi 3 455 pp Available at - NIO, Goa


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