Moringua microchir   Bleeker,  1853 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Pollabauer, C.

Max length: 47.0 cm TL (male/unsexed)

Color: Uniform yellowish.

Body elongate, cylindrical. Head 13.5, depth of body 45, both in total length. Head 8.2 in trunk. Tail about 2.2 in head and trunk. Eye diameter about 20 in head and about thrice in snout. Cleft of mouth 4.5 in head, reaching behind hind border of eye. Lower jaw projecting slightly beyond tip of snout. Anterior nostril tubular, on side of snout near its front margin; hind nostril an open pore, just in front of eye. A single series of 12 small conical teeth in each mandible, six conical teeth in each maxillary, 3 pairs of slightly stouter teeth on the intermaxillary and 5 small teeth on vomer. Dorsal and anal fin low, anteriorly and posteriorly with distinct rays, middle membranous portion rudimentary. Dorsal and anal fins confluent with caudal fin; obtusely rounded. Pectoral fin very short, about equal to eye; base of pectoral fin extending a little over halfway down gill opening.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Moringua microchir Bleeker, 1853
(Senior synonym)

Common Name (s)
• Poonunna Malanhi (Malayalam)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Pelagic, Reef Associated, Estuarine
Trophic Level:  Secondary Consumer
Prey:  Fish and invertebrates, especially crustaceans


• 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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