Gephyroberyx darwinii   (Johnson,  1866) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order:Beryciformes
Family:Trachichthyidae

Image copyrights: Delph, R.

Description
Size: 60 cm TL.

Color: Head and body is dusky pink, sides with silvery tinge, fins red; tongue and gill cavity blackish; palate white to red. Pale beet red to light rosy. Back light red to brownish red, lower sides light silvery gray.

Head with a concave forehead profile and with large mucous cavities covered by tough skin; mouth large and oblique; opercle and preopercle each with a large strong spine; body deep, about 2.1 times in SL; ventral keel with 10 - 14 very robust scutes; caudal fin forked but rounded. Dorsal spines (total): 7 - 8; Dorsal soft rays (total): 13 - 14; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 11 - 12.

Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• Darwin's slimehead (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
(Utilized as fishmeal and source of oil in eastern central Atlantic.)

Ecology
Habitat:  Bentho Pelagic
Prey:  Small shrimps and fish

Biogeography


• Kerala, Off Kollam (Lat: 8) (Long: 74) INDIA
• Kerala, Off Kollam (Lat: 11) (Long: 76) INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Pillai, NGK; Bineesh, KK; Sebastine, M and Akhilesh, KV (2009) Lanternfishes (Myctophids): by-catch of deepsea shrimp trawlers operated off Kollam, south-west coast of India Marine Fisheries Information Service T&E Ser. Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Kochi 202 1-4 Available at - http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/6430/
  • 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

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