Physiculus argyropastus   Alcock,  1894 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Size: Height of body 5.7-5.9 and head 3.6-3.8 in standard length. Eye 4.4-4.5 in head.

Colour: pinkish brown, with silvery sheen. Belly, throat and gill membranes dark violet.

Elongate body with small scales. Inconspicuous barbel on chin. Two
dorsal fins. Caudal distinct from dorsal and anal. Snout broad. Mouth, terminal, with minute teeth on both jaws. Ventral, prolonged ray reaches sixth or seventh anal ray.

Synonym (s)
Physiculus argyropartus Alcock, 1894

Common Name (s)
• Silver Morid Cod
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Bentho Pelagic, Coastal


• Kerala INDIA
• Kerala, Off Alleppey INDIA (Depth: 329.184- 365.76 mts)
• Off Kerala Coast INDIA
• Off South West Coast INDIA (Record: 01/1962-12/1968) (Depth: 180-450 mts)
• Tamil Nadu, Tuticorin (Lat: 8.75) (Long: 78.20) INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • 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
  • Tholasilingam, T; Venkataraman, G and Krishna Kartha, KN (1964) On some Bathypelagic fishes taken from the Continental slope off the South West Coast of India Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India Central Marine Fisheries Research Sub-Station, Ernakulam 6(2) 268-284 Available at -
  • Murty, VS (1969) Catalogue of fishes (excluding from the Laccadives) in the reference collections of the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute Bulletin of Central Marine Research Institute CMFRI, Cochin 10 1-38 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 -
  • Pillai, PKM and Augustine, SK (2000) A code list of common marine living resources of the Indian seas CMFRI Special Publication No.12 CMFRI 1-115 Available at -
  • Kingston, SD and Manikandavelu, D (1998) Record of Physiculus natalensis Gilchrist (Fam : Moridae) from Indian waters Indian Journal of Fisheries Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Kochi, India 45(4) 447-449 Available at -

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