Synaptura altipinnis   Alcock,  1890 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Size: 20 cm.

Color: In alcohol specimens brownish, with about fourteen darker crossbars, continued on dorsal and anal. Right pectoral dark brown. Blind side yellowish.

Height 2.4-2.5, 2.7-2.9 in length with caudal. Head 4.7-5.2, 5.5-6 in length with caudal. Eyes 5-7, the upper one somewhat in advance of lower one. Interorbital space less than half diameter of eye, with one row of scales. Mouthopening much curved, reaching to below middle of eye. Lips of colored side not fimbriate. Lower profile of head with close-set small tentacles, which are also scattered on the blind side of the head. Anterior nostril of colored side tubular. The dorsal begins above and somewhat before upper eye, the first rays shorter than the posterior ones. Dorsal and anal totally confluent with caudal. Rays of vertical fins scaly, simple or slightly split near top. Pectorals broad-based, united to branchiostegal membrane by a folded membrane, their rays shorter than eye. Ventrals equal, somewhat longer than eye, close together, the right one more or less connected with anal. Scales subequal, strongly ctenoid on both sides.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Synaptura altipinnis Alcock 1890
Synaptura altipinnis Jenkins 1910

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Off South West Coast INDIA (Record: 01/1962-12/1968) (Depth: 101-450 mts)

Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Weber, M; Beaufort, LF (1929) The fishes of the Indo-Australian Archipelago E. J. Brill Ltd. 5 458 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Silas, EG (1969) Part-1 Exploratory otter trawling surveys by R.V. Varuna and other vessels operating in association with her from the continental shelf edge and the upper continental slope off the south-west coast of India Exploratory fishing by R.V. Varuna Bulletin Of Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute CMFRI, Cochin 12 7-51 Available at -

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