Macrognathus aculeatus   (Bloch,  1786) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Roberts, T.R.

Size: 25-195mm

Body with series of obliquely oriented bars. Dorsal and anal fins with a row of isolated spines followed by a long continuous soft portion, both fins extending to but not confluent with caudal fin. Pelvic fins absent. Caudal fin rounded.

Synonym (s)
Macroganthus aculeatus (Bloch, 1786)
Macrognathus aculeata (Bloch, 1786)
Macrognathus aculeatum (Bloch, 1786)
Mastacembelus aculeatus (Bloch, 1786)
Ophidium aculeatum Bloch, 1786
Rhynchobdella aculeata (Bloch, 1786)
Rhyncobdella aculeata (Bloch, 1786)
Rhyncobdella ocellata Cuvier, 1832

Common Name (s)
• Lesser Spiny Eel (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Fisheries; aquarium)

Habitat:  Bentho Pelagic, Estuarine


• Tamil Nadu, Pulicat Lake INDIA
• Orissa, Chilika Lake INDIA (Record: 1948-1950)
• Andhra Pradesh, Kakinada INDIA
• Bihar, Dighwara INDIA (Record: 1952)
• West Bengal, Bangaon, Ichhamati River INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Raj, PJS (2006) Macro fauna of Pulicat lake NBA bulletin No.6 NBA Available at -
  • Jones, S and Sujansingani, KH (1954) Fish and fisheries of the Chilka Lake with statistics of fish catches for the years 1948-1950 Indian Journal of Fisheries Indian Journal of Fisheries for the Indian Council of Agricultural Research 1 (1-2) 256-344 Available at -
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp 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 -
  • Karamchandani, SJ (1957) On the Occurrence of Association of carp fry in the fry-collection nets and the destructive role played by predatory fish Indian Journal of Fisheries The Editorial Committee, India Journal of Fisheries for the Minister of Food and Agriculture Government of India 4(1) 46-61 Available at - NIO,Goa
  • Das, SR and Nandi, NC (2004) Oxbow lake environment and management of Ichhamati river basin, West Bengal Journal of Environment and Sociobiology Social Environmental and Biological Association, Kolkata, India 1(1&2) 81-90 Available at - NIO, Goa

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