Monacanthus choirocephalus [Status Unaccepted]   Bleeker,   1852 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order:Tetraodontiformes
Family:Monacanthidae

Description
Color: Grey stone with irregular and rather large black blotches. 2 dark bands across the caudal fin are present.

Eyes are situated in the posterior half of the head over the gill-opening and below the dorsal spine. Body of the fish is rather elevated. Profile from snout to first dorsal fin is almost straight. The origin of the second dorsal sin is at nearly the highest point of the dorsal profile. Dorsal spine is situated over the last half of the eye, rather weak and rough anteriorly and with a row of small barbs on either side of its posterior surface. Second dorsal and anal fins are with the first few rays rather shorter than the succeeding ones. Ventral spine is movable without any enlarged spine at its termination. Caudal fin is rounded, sometimes with a setiform prolongation of one of its upper rays. Scales are indistinctly visible. Skin is not very rough, numerous small fleshy tentacles are present on the sides of the body.


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• Tamil Nadu INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Biswas, KP (2009) Fishes around Indian Ocean Muraenidae-Eel Daya publishing house Available at - NIO,Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org

Page last updated on:2011-12-21

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