Oxyporhamphus micropterus micropterus   (Valenciennes,  1847) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: Max length 18.5 cm SL (male/unsexed)

Color: Bluish brown above, silvery white below, a broad dark brown band from operculum to base of caudal. Pectoral blackish above, broadly edged with whitish below. Ventral hyaline, anterior rays dusky. Dorsal and anal slightly dusky, anal pale. Distal part of dorsal and distal part of anterior rays of anal dark in juvenile specimens.

Head 4.2-4.5 in standard length, 5.4-5.8 in total length. Depth of body 5.5-6.0 in standard length, 7.0-7.6 in total length. Eye diameter 3.3-3.5 in head, 0.7-0.8 in snout and about equal to interorbital space. Breadth of body about 1.5 in its depth. Lower jaw projecting beyond the upper, a small skinny flap below symphysis. Teeth in one or two rows in jaws, no teeth on vomer and tongue. Dorsal fin originating anterior to a level from the anal fin origin. Head 1.4-1.6 in length of pectoral fin, pectoral fin scarcely reaching ventral fin origin. Base of dorsal fin 5.5-6.0 in standard length and 1.2-1.4 in head. Ventral fin equal to half length of head, its origin nearer to base of caudal fin than to gill opening.
Number of spines and rays in the dorsal fin: 13-14; number of spines and rays in the anal fin: 14-16; number of rays in the pectoral fin: i, 10-11; number of spines and rays in the ventral fins: 6; number of scale rows along the lateral line: 49-52; number of scales along the dorsal mid-line of the head and back, anterior to the origin of dorsal fin: 30-32; gill raker count: 7-8+1+23-25.

Dioecious, external fertilization, nonguarders. Oviparous, with planktonic eggs and larvae.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Evolantia micropterus (Valenciennes, 1847)
(Senior synonym)
Exocoetus micropterus Valenciennes, 1847
(Senior synonym)
Hemiramphus argenteus Bennett, 1840
(Ambiguous synonym)
Hemiramphus cuspidatus Valenciennes, 1847
(Junior synonym)
Oxyporhamphus micropterus (Valenciennes, 1847)
(Senior synonym)
Exocoetus micropterus Cuvier and Valenciennes, 1846
Evolantia micropterus Weber and de Beaufort, 1922
Hemirhamphus convexus Weber and de Beaufort, 1922
Oxyporhamphus micropterus micropterus Jones, 1969

Common Name (s)
• Parava (Malayalam)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Pelagic
Trophic Level:  Secondary Consumer
Prey:  Planktonic crustaceans, jellyfish/hydroids, other planktonic invertebrates
Predator:  Fishes (Tetrapturus albidus, Thunnus albacares, Makaira mazara), dolphin (Stenella attenuata)


• Lakshadweep, Bangaram INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kadamatt INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kilttan 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 - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at - http://www.fishbase.org
  • 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 - http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/569/1/Bulletin_8.pdf

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