Stegostoma varium   (Seba)  1759 (Fish)
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Class: Elasmobranchii

Size: 450 mm

Color: Creamy yellow; head, body and caudal with transverse rows of dark brown spots and streaks; dorsal fins, pectorals and ventrals spotted.

Elongate; caudal very long and compressed, about 2.2 in total length. Head short and wide; snout obtuse. Head about 5.1, depth of body 4.8, both to subcaudal origin. Interorbital space almost equal to head. Mouth with labial folds round angles of both jaws. Teeth in jaws small, tricuspid. Spiracle large, close behind eye. Nictitating membrane absent. Oronasal grooves present. Origin of first dorsal before a vertical from origin of ventral, its height equal to head length. Origin of anal almost below second dorsal. Pectoral about 1 ½ length of head. A low median ridge on back and another on each side.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Squalus varius Seba 1761
Stegostoma fasciatum Smith 1949
Stegostoma tigrinum Day 1878
Stegostoma varium Jones 1969

Common Name (s)
• Poochasurav
Economic Importance and Threats



• Lakshadweep (Lat: 8) (Long: 75) INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kalpeni INDIA (Record: 1980)
• Red Sea (Record: 1980)
• INDIA (Record: 1980)
• SRI LANKA (Record: 1980)

Literature Source(s)
  • Wafar, MVM (2003) Checklists of reef fauna Available at -
  • Venkateswarlu, T and Rama Rao, KV (1986) Valid scientific names to Day's fish fauna of India Miscellaneous publication, occasional paper no 87 Records of the Zoological Survey of India ZSI p 48 Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Jones, S and Kumaran, M (1980) Fishes of the Laccadive Archipelago The Nature Conservation and Aquatic Sciences Service, Trivandrum, Kerala 760 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Biswas, KP (2009) Fishes around Indian Ocean Elasmobranch Fishes Daya publishing house Available at - NIO,Goa

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