Ophichthys altipinnis   (Kaup)  (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 865 mm

Color: Brownish above becoming pale yellowish below. Front of dorsal about 2/3 length of head blackish, rest of the fin pale with dark brown margin; anal fin pale with dark margin; pectoral fin dark with the edges pale.

Head 9.6, depth of body about 34, both in total length. Head 2.6 in trunk. Head and trunk 1.6 in tail. Eye diameter about 15 in head and 3 in snout. Cleft of mouth reaching behind eye, about 2.8 in head. Anterior nostril tubular, on edge of snout; posterior nostril a slit in upper lip in advance of eye. Dorsal fin origin before a level from the gill openings. Dorsal fin as high as body anteriorly, gradually becoming narrower behind. Anal fin lower than dorsal. Pectoral fin 2.7 in head. Teeth conical, in a single series in sides of jaws, 2 rows of teeth on intermaxillary, mandible with a few teeth on the inside of symphysis; a single series of teeth on vomer.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Microdonophis altipinnis Kaup 1856
Ophichthys altipinnis Weber and de Beaufort 1916

Common Name (s)
• Harufaveng
Economic Importance and Threats



• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA (Record: 1980)
• Lakshadweep INDIA (Record: 1980)
• SRI LANKA (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 - http://www.marinespecies.org

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