Scopelengys tristis   Alcock  1890 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Max length : 20.0 cm SL (male/unsexed)

Color: Uniform black.

Head and body rather elongate, compressed. Head more than 3 in standard length. Eye high up, very small, its diameter about 3 in snout which is about 1/3 length of head. Mouth wide, its cleft very oblique. Maxillary dilated behind, reaching well beyond hind border of eye and more than half length of head. Acute, villiform teeth in broad bands in jaws, in narrow bands on palatines and in a small patch on each side of head of vomer. Gill openings very wide. Dorsal fin before front half of body, its origin opposite to that of ventral fins. Adipose dorsal rather large, situated opposite to hind rays of anal fin. Caudal fin forked. Pectoral fin reaching past origin of ventral fins. No luminous organs.
Number of spines and rays in the dorsal fin: 11-12; number of spines and rays in the anal fin: 11-13; number of rays in the pectoral fin: 15; number of spines and rays in the ventral fin: 8.

Dioecious, external fertilization, nonguarders. Oviparous, with planktonic larvae.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Scopelengys tristis Alcock 1890
Scopelengys dispar Garman 1899
Scopelengys dispar Garman 1899
(Junior synonym)
Scopelengys lugubris Garman 1899
(Ambiguous synonym)
Scopelengys tristis Alcock 1890
(Senior synonym)
Scopelengys whoi Mead 1963
(Junior synonym)

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Pelagic
Trophic Level:  Secondary Consumer
Prey:  Small crustaceans


• Lakshadweep (Lat: 8) (Long: 75) INDIA
• Lakshadweep Sea (Record: 1980)

Literature Source(s)
  • Wafar, MVM (2003) Checklists of reef fauna Available at -
  • Zoological Survey of India (Eds) (1991) Animal resources of India (Protozoa to Mammalia) ZSI 1-694 Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Alcock, A (1994) A descriptive catalogue of the Indian deep sea fishes in the Indian museum Oxford and IBH Publishing Co. Pvt. Ltd.,New Delhi 1-211 Available at - CMFRI Library, Cochin- 682018
  • 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 -
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at -

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