Lepidopus caudatus   (Euphrasen,  1788) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Color: Body uniformly silvery.

Second anal-fin spine plate-like. Pyloric caeca 20 - 29. Pelvic fin very small.

Synonym (s)
Lepidopus argenteus Bonnaterre, 1788
Lepidopus gouanianus Lacepede, 1800
Lepidopus lex Phillipps, 1932
Lepidopus peronii Risso, 1810
Lepidopus xantusi Goode & Bean, 1896
Scarcina argyrea Rafinesque, 1810
Trichiurus caudatus Euphrasen, 1788
Trichiurus ensiformis Vandelli, 1797
Trichiurus gladius Holten, 1802
Vandellius lusitanicus Shaw, 1803
Ziphotheca tetradens Montagu, 1811

Common Name (s)
• Scabbardfish (English)
• Silver Scabbardfish (English)
• Butter Snoeck
• Frostfish
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Pelagic, Sandy, Muddy
Prey:  crustaceans, small squid and fish


• Arabian Sea (Lat: 8) (Long: 70) INDIA (Record: 02/1985-06/1987) (Depth: 100-400 mts)
• Arabian Sea (Lat: 17) (Long: 75) INDIA (Record: 02/1985-06/1987) (Depth: 100-400 mts)
• Off South West Coast INDIA (Record: 01/1962-12/1968) (Depth: 180-450 mts)

Literature Source(s)
  • Balachandran, K and Nizar, MA (1990) A check list of fishes of the Exclusive Economic Zone of India collected during the research cruises of FORV Sagar Sampada Proceedings of the first workshop on scientific results of FORV Sagar Sampada CMFRI, Cochin 305-324 Available at - http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/5269/1/43.pdf
  • 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
  • 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 - http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/657/2/Bulletin_No_12_1.pdf
  • 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 - eprints.cmfri.org.in/3975/1/Special_Publication_No_12_Revised.pdf

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