Narcetes erimelas   Alcock,  1890 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: Max length 29.1 cm SL (male/unsexed)

Color: Head, body and fins almost uniformly black.

Rather elongate and compressed. Head broad, its length 3.2-4.0 in standard length. Depth of body 5.3 in standard length. Eye 5.2 in head and slightly less than concave interorbital space. Head bones sculptured, especially the preoperculum and operculum which have semimembraneous corrugated border. Snout depressed, rounded from side to side and longer than diameter of eye. Mouth wide, maxillary reaching beyond a vertical through hind border of eye. Teeth small, acute, those in jaws not covered by the lips; those in premaxillary and mandible recurved, quadriserial anteriorly and laterally triserial in the former, biserial in the latter; maxillary teeth uniserial; teeth on vomer recurved. Gill openings wide; gill membranes separate. Body with moderately sized deciduous scales. Head naked. Origin of dorsal fin in vertical through origin of ventral fins and nearer to hind border operculum than to base of caudal fin. Origin of anal fin behind a level from the hind end of dorsal fin. Caudal fin forked. Pectoral fin about half length of head.
Number of spines and rays in the dorsal fin: 15-16; number of spines and rays in the anal fin: 12; number of rays in the pectoral fin: 10-11; number of spines and rays in the ventral fin: 9; number of scale rows along the midside of body from the upper corner of operculum to the midbase of caudal fin in the absence of lateral line: 68.

Dioecious, external fertilization.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• Slick-head
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Pelagic


• Lakshadweep Sea INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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