Neobythites pterotus   Alcock,  1890 (Fish)
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Class: Actinopterygii

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Color: Brown; lower part of head, chest and abdomen blackish. Fins dark brown.

Body elongate, compressed, tapering to the tail. Head 5.3 in standard length, about 6.0 in total length. Depth of body 5.6 in standard length, 6.2 in total length. Eye diameter about 6.5 in head and 1.2 in snout. Mouth wide; maxillary reaching far beyond eye. Gill membranes free from isthmus. Operculum with a strong spine. Teeth in villiform bands in jaws, vomer and palatines. Origin of dorsal fin behind a level from hind border of operculum. Anal fin origin about 1.3 head length behind head. Dorsal and anal fins confluent with caudal fin. Pectoral fin long, about 1.5 times head length. Ventral fin adnate basally, shorter than half length of head. Scales small, cycloid.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Neobythites pterotus Alcock 1890

Common Name (s)
• Alcock's Deep-sea Blindfish
Economic Importance and Threats



• Lakshadweep Sea INDIA
• Bay of Bengal

Literature Source(s)
  • Wafar, MVM (2003) Checklists of reef fauna Available at -
  • 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 -
  • 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 -

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