Apocryptichthys cantoris   (Day)  1870 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Size: 100 mm.

Color: Olive. First dorsal fin dark, with three black longitudinal bands. Upper part of caudal fin spotted. Cheek and , lower surface of head with black spots.

Body very elongate, height 5-6 in length, about 9 in total length. Head depressed, 4-4 1/2 in total length. Eye not prominent, 6 in head, interorbital 2/3 eye diameter. Snout 1 eye diameter, tip before lower margin of eye. Anterior nostril in a triangular lobule, hanging over upper lip. Maxillary extends to one eye diameter behind eye, or not so far. Teeth in upper jaw anteriorly caninoid. In lower jaw the teeth are horizontal, curved upwards, laterally obtuse, not bilobate. A pair of canines behind symphysis. Scales minute. Head naked? Gill openings narrow, before lower half of base of pectoral fin. The membrane behind the last ray of first dorsal fin is almost continued to the base of second dorsal fin. Foremost three rays of first dorsal fin prolonged. Dorsal fins of the same height. Base of pectoral fin fleshy, but not muscular. Pectoral fin as long as postorbital part of head. Caudal fin pointed, but shorter than head.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Apocryptes cantoris Day 1870
Apocryptichthys cantoris Day 1878
Apocryptichthys cantoris H. M. Smith 1931
Apocryptichthys cantoris Koumans 1932

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Tamil Nadu, Chennai Coast INDIA (Record: 2003)
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA (Record: 2003)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andamans INDIA (Record: 1953)
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai INDIA (Record: 1953)

Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Marine Biological Station, Chennai, Tamil Nadu (2003) Checklist of marine fauna of Tamil Nadu Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu Available at - http://tnenvis.nic.in
  • Dr. Ramesh, R; Dr. Nammalwar, P and Dr. Gowri, VS (2008) Database on coastal information of Tamil Nadu Report Submitted to Environmental Information System (ENVIS) Centre, Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu Institute for Ocean Management, Anna University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Available at - http://tnenvis.nic.in/PDF/coastal%20data.pdf
  • Koumans, FP (1953) The fishes of the Indo-Australian Archipelago A. J. Reprints agency, Karol Bagh, New Delhi 10 423 pp Available at - NIO, Goa

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