Glyptophidium argenteum   Alcock,  1889 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 27-29 cm.

Color: In preserved specimens yellowish brown, densely powdered with dusky. Head, base of dorsal, and belly darker.

Height 5.92-6.3 in length with caudal. Head 4.87-5.8 in length with caudal. Eye 4-5.66, 1.2-1.6 in snout, and 1.2-1.3 in the inter orbital space, which is somewhat convex on account of the median bony ridge, which forms a longitudinal crest. Mouth rather strongly oblique. Lower jaw included. Maxillary reaching to below hind border of eye or not so far. Brand of teeth on upper jaw broader than on lower jaw, on vomer in a ^-shaped patch, and on palatines in a long and narrow band. 13-15 slender gill rakers on lower branch of first arch, and 4 somewhat shorter ones on upper branch. Opercular spine weak, preopercular spines poorly developed. Distance of origin of dorsal from snout 5.8-6 in length with caudal. Distance of origin of anal from snout 2.95-3.1 in length with caudal. Dorsal and rays decreasing in height posteriorly, the longest dorsal rays equal to snout, the anal rays shorter. Pectorals as long as head without snout. Ventrals about as long as pectorals. Scales rather large, very deciduous, about 22 between origin of anal and dorsal. Dorsal soft rays (total): 140 - 158; Anal soft rays: 114 - 133.

Oviparous, with oval pelagic eggs floating in a gelatinous mass.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Glyptophidium argenteum Alcock, 1899
Glyptophidium argenteum Brauer, 1906
Glyptophidium argenteum M. Weber, 1913

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andamans INDIA
• Off South West Coast INDIA (Record: 01/1962-12/1968) (Depth: 180-450 mts)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Beaufort, LF and Chapman, WM (1951) The fishes of the Indo-Australian Archipelago A. J. Reprints agency, Karol Bagh, New Delhi 9 484 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at -
  • Silas, EG (1969) Part-1 Exploratory otter trawling surveys by R.V. Varuna and other vessels operating in association with her from the continental shelf edge and the upper continental slope off the south-west coast of India Exploratory fishing by R.V. Varuna Bulletin Of Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute CMFRI, Cochin 12 7-51 Available at -
  • Talwar, PK (1990) Fishes of Andaman and Nicobar Islands: A synoptic survey Journal of the Andaman Science Association Andaman Science Association, Port Blair 6(2) 71-102 Available at - NIO,Goa

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