Halieutaea stellata   (Vahl,  1797) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Size: 300 mm.

Color: In preserved specimens pinkish. Upper side of head sometimes with irregular rows of dark spots, or in large specimens with light brown blotches and dark brown spots. Second dorsal more or less dusky. Anal and ventrals white or yellowish. Pectorals white with black tips or in young with a blackish transverse band.

Height 4.95-6.88, 6.6-9 in length with caudal. Head 1.58-1.7, 2-2.3 in length with caudal. Greatest breadth of head 1.14-1.4 in length without caudal. Length of head 1.19-1.4 in its breadth. Eye 5-6.2 to or somewhat more than snout and equal to interobital space in small specimens, 1-1.8 in large specimens, 1-1.8 in large specimens. Interorbital space flat, but the inner orbital rims elevated and connected before the eyes by a bony ridge which forms the superior border of the aperture of the rostral cavity, the root of which does not extend to the anterior margin of the disk, hence the opening of the rostral cavity is partly visible from above. End of illicium trilobate, a pair of fringed lobes inferiorly and a single median lobe superiorly, the three fitting in the triangular aperture of the rostral cavity. Mouth horizontal, somewhat arched, the maxillary reaching to below front border of eye in small specimens, to below middle of eye in large specimens. Bands of very small, blunt teeth in the jaws. Dorsal rays short, about equal to eye. Origin of anal below posterior dorsal rays. Anal rays longer than dorsal ones. Brachial part of pectorals well developed, but shorter than rayed part, the longest pectoral rays about equal to distance between outer border of eyes. Origin of ventrals at equal distance from symphysis of lower jaw and origin of anal or somewhat nearer to last named, much shorter than pectorals. Skin of upper surface covered with prickles on stellated bases. Interorbital space and cheeks naked, anterior part of postorbital part of head naked or with few spines in young specimens, with small spines in large specimens. Prickles bordering disk ending in two or moe spines and provided with filaments in large specimens. Lower side smooth or with minute and scattered spines.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Lophius stellatus Vahl, 1797
Lophius faujas Lacepede, 1798
Lophius muricatus Shaw, 1804
Halieutaea stellata Valenciennes, 1837
Halieutaea stellata Temminck and Schlegel, 1845
Halieutaea stellata Bleeker, 1853
Halieutaea stellata Gunther, 1861
Halieutaea stellata Alcock, 1890
Halieutaea stellata Jordan and Sindo, 1902
Halieutaea stellata Annandale and Jenkins, 1910
Halieutaea stellata Franz, 1910
Halieutaea stellata vittata M. Weber, 1913
Halieutaea stellata Fowler, 1928
Halieutaea stellata Herre, 1935
Halieutaea stellata Kamohara, 1937
Halieutaea stellata Fowler, 1938
Halieutaea stellata Boeseman, 1947
Halieutaea stellata Herre, 1951
Halieutaea stellata Munro, 1955

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Demersal, Estuarine


• Bay of Bengal INDIA (Record: 1962)
• Pondicherry, Karaikal (Lat: 10.26) (Long: 79.85) INDIA (Record: 01/2003-12/2003)
• Kerala INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh, Off Visakhapatnam (Lat: 17.73) (Long: 83.55) INDIA (Record: 04/1989-03/1990) (Depth: 50 mts)
• West Bengal (Lat: 21.45) (Long: 87.9) INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Beaufort, LF and Briggs, JC (1962) The fishes of the Indo-Australian Archipelago Pataudi House, Daryaganj, New Delhi 11 481 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Rajasegar, M and Sendhilkumar, R (2009) Finfish Resources of Karaikal,South East Coast of India World Journal of Fish and Marine Sciences IDOSI Publications 1 (4) 330-332 Available at - http://www.idosi.org/wjfms/wjfms1%284%2909/13.pdf
  • Bijukumar, A and Deepthi, GR (2009) Mean trophic index of fish fauna associated with trawl bycatch of Kerala, southwest coast of India Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India The Marine Biological Association of India, Cochin 51(2) 145 - 154 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Sujatha, K (1995) Finfish constituents of trawl by-catch off Visakhapatnam Fishery Technology Society of Fisheries Technologists 32(1) 56-60 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Das, P; De, SP; Bhowmik, RM; Pandit, IK; Sengupta, R; Nandi, AC; Thakurta, SC and Saha, S (2007) Piscine diversity of West Bengal Fishing chimes 27(5) 15-28 Available at - NIO, Goa

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