Moringua javanica   (Kaup,  1856) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Max length: 120 cm TL (male/unsexed)

Color: Pale yellowish, back slightly dusky.

Body extremely elongate, cylindrical. Head 16.0-17.2, depth of body 77-92, both in total length. Head 11.2-11.7 in trunk. Tail 2.5-2.8 in head and trunk. Eye diameter minute, 40-55 in head. Cleft of mouth 5.0-5.8 in head, reaching far behind hind border of eye. Lower jaw slightly longer than upper, projecting beyond tip of snout. Teeth conical, pointed, in a single series in jaws, the anterior three pairs in the upper jaw stouter and longer. 4-5 teeth on vomer. Anterior nostril tubular, on side of snout near front margin; posterior nostril just in front of eye with raised membranous rim. Origin of anal fin 1.2-1.4 length of head behind vent. Origin of dorsal fin somewhat opposite to that of anal fin. Dorsal and anal vestigial, scarcely projecting above the sides of the groove, slightly more elevated in front of somewhat rounded caudal fin with which they are confluent. Pectoral fins rudimentary, smaller than eye.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Aphthalmichthys javanicus Kaup, 1856
(Senior synonym)
Moringua javanica Weber and de Beaufort, 1916
Moringua javanica (Kaup, 1856)
(Senior synonym)

Common Name (s)
• Java Spaghetti Eel (English)
• Poonunna Malanhi (Malayalam)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Estuarine


• Lakshadweep, Agatti INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA

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 -
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at -
  • Jones, S and Kumaran, M (1970) New records of fishes from the seas around India - part VII Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India Marine Biological Association of India 12(1-2) 187-196 Available at -

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