Moringua bicolor   Kaup,  1856 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 77.5 cm.

Color: Blackish brown above, yellowish white below, both colors sharply separated. Fins yellowish white, end of the united dorsal, caudal and anal blackish.

Body extremely elongate, cylindrical. Head 14, depth of body 52, both in total length. Head 8.6 in trunk. Tail about 2.1 in head and trunk. Eye diameter about 18 in head and 2.5 in snout. Cleft of mouth about 5 times in length of head, reaching to hind border of eye. Lower jaw in young and old specimens prominent. Dorsal and anal interrupted in their middle by an interspace about equal in length to that of their anterior part. The longest rays of this part are about equal to the height of the body. The distance of the origin of the anal from the anus is somewhat more than the length of the head. The origin of the dorsal is at a slight distance behind the vertical through the origin of the anal. Caudal forming a prominent point beyond the dorsal and anal with which it is confluent. Pectorals 6 times in length of head, rounded. Teeth conical, pointed, uniserial, 6-8 in each mandible, 5-6 in each maxillary, 3 on the vomer and 3 pairs of stouter ones on the intermaxillary plate.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Moringua bicolor Bleeker, 1864
Moringua bicolor Gunther, 1870
Moringua bicolor Kaup, 1856
Rataboura bicolor Munro, 1955

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Demersal


• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Great Nicobar Island INDIA (Record: 08/2000-07/2003)

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