Moringua macrochir   Bleeker  1855 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 210 mm

Color: Dusky grey on back, pale yellowish below.

Head 9.6, depth of body 36, both in total length. Head 5.5 in trunk. Tail a little more than two in head and trunk. Eye diameter about 15 in head. Cleft of mouth about 4.8 in head, reaching below hind part of eye. Lower jaw prominent. Anterior nostril tubular, on side of snout near its front; posterior nostril in front of eye with slightly raised rim. Teeth conical in a single series in jaws, teeth on intermaxillary and front four teeth on mandible stouter; a row of four small teeth on vomer. Pectoral fin about 5.3 in head. Anal fin about half length of head behind vent; dorsal fin origin about 0.8 head length behind a level from vent. Anterior portion of dorsal and anal fins rayed, interrupted in the middle and reappearing as rayed membrane in front of caudal fin and confluent with caudal fin which is truncate.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Moringua macrochir Bleeker, 1855
Moringua macrochir Bleeker, 1855
(Senior synonym)

Common Name (s)
• Faniveng (Mahl)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Pelagic, Estuarine


• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA (Record: 1980)
• Lakshadweep INDIA (Record: 1980)
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy 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. (1969) Catalogue of fishes from the Laccadive Archipelago in the reference collections of the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute. Bulletin of Central Marine Research Institute CMFRI, Cochin 8 1-35 Available at -

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