Cypsilurus altipennis   Cuvier and Valenciennes  (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Size: 40 cm.

Color: In preserved specimens brownish above, silvery below. Fins more or less dusky. Pectorals blackish, with an oblique hyaline band and a hyaline hindermargin.

Somewhat compressed, the breadth of the body going about 1.4 in its length. Height 5.8, 7.5 in length with caudal. Head 4.2, 5.4 in length with caudal. Eye 2.7-3, somewhat less than postorbital part of head and about equal to slightly concave interorbital space. Snout 1.2-1.7 in eye. Teeth very small, scarcely conspicuous, in narrow bands in the jaw and according to BLEEKER in slender elongate patches on the palatines, but not to be found in the specimens examined by us. Origin of anal opposite to 6th dorsal ray. Origin of dorsal separated by about 28 scales from occiput. Pectorals reaching almost or quite to end of dorsal. Ventrals much longer than head, reaching to middle of anal or farther, their origin not much nearer to base of caudal than to hindmargin of eye. Caudal deeply forked.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Exocoetus altipennis Cuvier and Valenciennes 1846
Exocoetus speculiger Bleeker 1855
Exocoetus katoptron Bleeker 1866
Exocoetus katoptron Gunther 1866
Exocoetus robustus Gunther
Exocoetus altipinnis Day 1888
Cypsilurus katoptron Jordan and Seale 1906
Cypsilurus altipinnis Seale and Bean 1908
Exocoetus katoptron Gunther 1909
Cypselurus katoptron Mc Culloch 1912

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Maharashtra, Mumbai INDIA (Record: 1922)

Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Weber, M; Beaufort, LF (1922) The fishes of the Indo-Australian Archipelago Print times, Pataudi house, Daryaganj, New Delhi 4 410 pp Available at - NIO, Goa

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