Cypsilurus spilopterus   Cuvier and Valenciennes  (Fish)
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Class: Actinopterygii

Size: 35 cm.

Color: Pectorals blackish, with a narrow hyaline hindborder and an indication of a hyaline transverse band and provided with more or less numerous round black spots. Other fins hyaline, caudal dusky. Ventrals and dorsal sometimes with a black spot posteriorly.

Compressed, the breadth of the body going 1.4-1.5 in its height. Height 5-5.3, 6.5-7 in length with caudal. Head 4-4.3, 5-5.5 in length with caudal. Eye 2.6 to nearly 3 in head, scarcely less than postorbital part of head, which is equal to interorbital space. Snout about 3/4 of eye. Teeth comparatively well developed, simple, in a few rows in the jaws, a few teeth on each side on the palatines. Origin of anal opposite to 6th ray of dorsal. Origin of dorsal separated by about 30 scales from occiput, its distance from first rudimentary rays of caudal equal to head or only scarcely longer than head. Pectorals reaching to posterior part of dorsal or farther. Ventrals longer than head or scarcely so, reaching to middle of anal or not so far, their origin about midway between base of caudal and hindmargin of praeoperculum. Caudal deeply forked.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Exocoetus spilopterus Cuvier and Valenciennes 1846
Exocoetus spilopterus Bleeker 1866
Exocoetus spilopterus Gunther 1866
Exocoetus poecilopterus Day 1888
Exocoetus spilopterus Max Weber 1913

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• 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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