Siderea picta [Status Unaccepted]   (Ahl,  1789) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: David Burdick

Color: Grayish or whitish with darker marks that vary with age, young are yellow with irregular dark ringed ocelli that gradually change until the adult is covered with fine spots.

Snake like body, snout bluntly conical, the profile of head fairly steep. Depth of body 15-20 in total length, 2.2-2.4 in head length; head 2.7 to 3 in trunk, 7-8 in total length, vent about in middle of length. Tail about equal to rest of body. Anterior nostril tubes moderate; posterior nostril with low rim. Jaws more or less equal, or slightly shorter. Teeth conical, uniserial in jaws, one median conical tooth on intermaxillary movable but not depressible; two series of low conical teeth on vomer. Dorsal fin low, its origin slightly before gill openings.

Remarks: Values in above description denotes proportions.

Synonym (s)
Muraena picta Ahl, 1789
Siderea picta Talwar and Kacker, 1984

Common Name (s)
• Painted Moray (English)
• Veng
• Malanhi
• Peppered Moray (English)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Estuarine


• West Bengal, Narayangunge INDIA (Record: 05/04/1987)
• West Bengal, Haldia INDIA (Record: 13/04/1987)
• West Bengal, Geonkhali INDIA (Record: 20/04/1987)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Great Nicobar Island INDIA (Record: 08/2000-07/2003)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• West Bengal (Lat: 21.45) (Long: 87.9) INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Mukherjee, P (1995) Intertidal fishes Estuarine ecosystem series, Part 2: Hugli Matla Estuary ZSI, Calcutta 345-388 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • NOAA Photo Library Available at -
  • Talwar, PK and Kacker, RK (1984) Commercial sea fishes of India ZSI, Calcutta 997 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Rajaram, R; Srinivasan, M; Khan, SA and Kannan, L (2004) Ichthyofaunal diversity of great Nicobar Island, Bay of Bengal Journal of Indian fisheries association 31 13-26 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Talwar, PK (1990) Fishes of Andaman and Nicobar Islands: A synoptic survey Journal of the Andaman Science Association Andaman Science Association, Port Blair 6(2) 71-102 Available at - NIO,Goa
  • Das, P; De, SP; Bhowmik, RM; Pandit, IK; Sengupta, R; Nandi, AC; Thakurta, SC and Saha, S (2007) Piscine diversity of West Bengal Fishing chimes 27(5) 15-28 Available at - NIO, Goa

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