Thrysoidea macrura   (Bleeker,  1854) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Size: 70-400 cm.

Color: Olive brown above, lighter below; fins tinged with black.

Body extremely elongate, compressed for most of its length, especially along tail. Head not obviously distinct from trunk although the profile is moderately steep; Mouth very large, extending to well beyond eye; snout relatively short; anterior nostril a very short tube, posterior nostril a simple hole above and before eye; teeth biserial in jaws, large, sharp, those of outer row larger; several large, slender, sharp, depressible teeth on on intermaxillary (at front of upper jaw); teeth on vomer (roof of mouth) uniserial, smaller. Dorsal fin originating on head before gill opening; pectoral and pelvic fins absent. No obvious lateral line, reduced to two pores above and before gill opening which is a round, midlateral hole or slit. Vertebrae about 216.

Synonym (s)
Muraena macrurus Bleeker, 1854
Muraena macrura Day, 1878
Evenchelys macrura (Bleeker, 1854)

Common Name (s)
• Giant Moray (English)
• Seram Pambu (Tamil)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Fisheries; used as fish bait or consumed as food.)




Literature Source(s)
  • Talwar, PK and Kacker, RK (1984) Commercial sea fishes of India ZSI, Calcutta 997 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Fischer, W and Bianchi, G (Eds.) (1984) FAO species identification sheets for fishery purposes. Western Indian Ocean (Fishing Area 51) FAO, Rome 3 Available at -

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