Eulamia melanoptera   (Quoy & Gaimard,  1824) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Elasmobranchii

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Size: 340-450 mm

Color: Brownish on back, lighter below. Tips of both dorsals, anal, pectoral and lower lobe of caudal black; posterior margin of caudal black edged; distal margin of ventral black.

Fusiform body, snout moderately pointed. Head 4.2-4.5 to subcaudal origin. Depth of body 5.8-6.0 to subcaudal origin. Snout 2.6-2.8 in head. Interorbital space about 1.45-1.60 in head. Eye 7.2-7.5 in head. Spiracle absent. Nasal opening with a small dermal flap. Teeth in upper jaw acutely triangular with denticulate edges; teeth in lower jaw narrower than in upper. Preoral length 1.3 in width of mouth. Last gill slit behind a level from pectoral insertion. A notch at base of caudal above and below. Dorsal origin behind base of pectoral. Anal origin below second dorsal origin. Pelvic insertion notably behind first dorsal. Height of first dorsal about ¾ of head. Pectoral equal to head, reaching almost below hind edge of base of first dorsal. Height of second dorsal and anal almost equal.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Carcharias melanopterus Quoy and Gaimard, 1824
Eulamia melanoptera Munro, 1955

Common Name (s)
• Kattafulimiyaru
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated


• Lakshadweep, Agatti INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andamans INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Agatti INDIA (Record: 01/1987-04/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Amini INDIA (Record: 01/1987-04/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Bangaram INDIA (Record: 01/1987-04/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Bitra INDIA (Record: 01/1987-04/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Kalpeni INDIA (Record: 01/1987-04/1987)

Literature Source(s)
  • Jones, S and Kumaran, M (1980) Fishes of the Laccadive Archipelago The Nature Conservation and Aquatic Sciences Service, Trivandrum, Kerala 760 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Kumaran, M; Mohan, RSL and Murty, VS (1989) Other fin-fish resources Marine living resources of the union territory of Lakshadweep: An indicative survey with suggestions for development Bulletin of Central Marine Research Institute CMFRI 43 65-72 Available at -

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