Moringua macrocephala   (Bleeker,  1863) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Size: 70 cm.

Brown above, yellowish below.

Eye very small, in a specimen of 37.8 cm. about 20 times in head. Cleft of mouth more or less than 6 times in head, reaching behind eye. Lower jaw prominent. The distance of the origin of the anal from anus about 2 to nearly 4 times in length of head. The origin of the dorsal opposite to or at some distance behind origin of anal. Dorsal and anal forming a very low ridge, somewhat increasing in height at their end, where they are united with the caudal, to form a short truncate fin. Pectorals rudimentary, they may be better developed in large specimens ie. in a specimen of 37.8 cm. their length goes 15 times, in a specimen of 48.1 cm. 10 times in that of the head. Teeth conical, pointed, recurved, uniserial, the most anterior much stouter.

Synonym (s)
Aphthalmichthys macrocephalus Bleeker, 1863
Moringua macrocephala Gunther, 1870
Moringua macrocephala Day, 1888
Moringua abbreviata Volz, 1903
Moringua macrocephala Jordan and Seale, 1906
Moringua (Aphthalmichthys) macrocephala Steindachner, 1906
Moringua macrocephala Gunther, 1910
Aphthalmichthys macrocephalus M. Weber, 1913

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Sandy, Muddy, Coastal



Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • 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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