Synodus sageneus   Waite,  1905 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: Maximum 24 cm; common to 14 cm.

Color: Dorsal surface darker than ventral; Holotype described as "yellow above and silvery beneath"; faint diamond-shaped pigment areas laterally. Peritoneum pale; peritoneal spots 5 or 6 (average 5.3).

Body tubular, head somewhat depressed, caudal region a little compressed. Anterior palatine teeth not long and not forming a discrete group; dermal flap on anterior nares long, broad, extending well beyond margin of nares when depressed anteriorly. Dorsal fin rays 12 or 13 (average 12.5); anal fin rays 14 or 15 (average 14.5); anal fin base longer than dorsal fin base; procurrent caudal rays 25 to 27 (average 25.6). Posterior pelvic process wide. Large cycloid scales on body extending onto cheeks and operculum; scales above lateral line 4.5. Total vertebrae 50 to 54 (average 53.1).

Dioecious, external fertilization, nonguarders, open water/substratum egg scatterers.

Synonym (s)
Xystodus banfieldi Ogilby, 1910

Common Name (s)
• Speartoothed Grinner (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Marketed fresh or dried salted)




Literature Source(s)
  • Fischer, W and Bianchi, G (Eds.) (1984) FAO species identification sheets for fishery purposes. Western Indian Ocean (Fishing Area 51) FAO, Rome 4 Available at -
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at -

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