Plotosus anguillaris [Status Unaccepted]   Bloch,  1794 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Size: 30 cm

Snout more than twice as long as eye. 8 barbels, more or less equal. Nasal barbels reaching to front or hindmargin of eye. First dorsal about as high as half the length of the head, its spine a littel more than half the height of the fin, with the anterior and especially the posterior edge serrated. Second dorsal much lower, of uniform height. Caudal rounded. Anal similar to second dorsal. Ventrals reaching the anal, 1/3 shorter than pectorals, which nearly equal first dorsal. Their spine similar to that of first dorsal. The pectorals do not reach ventrals. Teeth of maxillary band mesially in 2, laterally in one row. Those of the inframaxillary band in 2-3 rows, laterally in one, the lateral teeth a little stronger than those in the middle. Vomerine band crescentic, mesially with 2-3 rows of teeth, of which the posterior median ones are the largest. 25 gillrakers on the entire first branchial arch, the first ones minute. When young a narrow white stripe running from snout above eye to near base of caudal. A second one below the eye, above the pectorals, running to posterior portion of tail.

Synonym (s)
Plotosius ikapor Lesson, 1830
Plotosus marginatus Bennett, 1830
Plotosus anguillaris Cantor, 1850
Plotosus castaneoides Bleeker, 1851
Plotosus anguillaris Gunther, 1864
Plotosus Arab Day, 1888
Plotosus anguillaris Gunther, 1909

Common Name (s)
• Striped Eel Cat Fish (English)
• Barbel Eel (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Marketed fresh or frozen)

Habitat:  Reef Associated


• West Bengal, Digha Coast (Lat: 21.61) (Long: 87.53) INDIA
• Maharashtra, Mumbai INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Kovalam INDIA

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