Aulostomatomorpha phosphorops   Alcock  1890 (Fish)
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Class: Actinopterygii

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Color: head excluding eyes snow white; body chocolate, lower part of abdomen darker; fins blackish grey.

Body elongate and compressed. Head low and rather depressed, 3.2 in standard length. Depth of body 5.4 in standard length. Eye diameter large, slightly more than 5 in head and about 0.5 in interorbital space. Anterior bones of head produced into a long snout ending in a small mouth. Upper jaw slightly projects beyond the lower. Teeth acute, uniserial and present on premaxillary and mandible only. Gill openings wide, restricted above, its upper edge opposite to upper ray of pectoral fin. Pseudobranchiae rudimentary. Dorsal fin origin twice nearer to base of caudal fin than to gill opening. Anal fin very long, anterior insertion nearer to caudal fin than to eye. Ventral fin below middle of body. Caudal forked. Head covered with thick, spongy, glandular skin with snow white reflection which is probably luminous. Body covered with minute, hardly imbricate cycloid scales. Head naked. Lateral line median.
Number of spines and rays in the dorsal fin: 21; number of spines and rays in the anal fin: 41; number of rays in the pectoral fin: 7; number of spines and rays in the ventral fin: 6.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Aulastomatomospha phospherops Alcock 1890
Aulastomatomospha phosphorops Alcock 1892

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Lakshadweep Sea INDIA (Record: 1980)

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 -

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