Moringua abbreviata   (Bleeker,  1863) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 33-39 cm.

Color: Brownish above, lighter below.

Head 13.0-15.8, depth of body 48-55, both in total length. Head 7.8-9.7 in trunk. Tail 1.8-2.3 in head and trunk. Cleft of mouth 4.6-5.3 in head, reaching behind hind border of eye. Eye minute, hidden below skin. Lower jaw prominent and projecting slightly beyond the upper. Anterior nostrils tubular, on side of snout near its front; posterior nostrils just in front of eye. The distance of the origin of the anal from anus goes 1 1/3 to 2 times in length of head. The distance of the origin of the dorsal from that of the anal goes 2-5 times in the length of the head. Teeth conical, pointed, recurved, uniserial, the upper anterior and those of the mandible stronger, fanglike. Caudal fin somewhat rounded.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Aphthalmichthys abbreviatus Bleeker, 1863
Moringua abbreviata Gunther, 1870
Moringua abbreviata Peters, 1877
Aphthalmichthys abbreviatus Jordan and Snyder, 1901
Moringua abbreviata Volz, 1904
Moringua abbreviata Jordan and Seale, 1905
Aphthalmichthys intermedius J. D. Ogilby, 1907
Moringua abbreviata Gunther, 1910
Aphthalmichthys abbreviatus M. Weber, 1913
Moringua abbreviata Weber and de Beaufort, 1916

Common Name (s)
• Faniveng (Mahl)
• Poonunna Malanhi (Malayalam)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated


• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Agatti INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Chettalatt INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kadamatt INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kalpeni INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kilttan INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Wafar, MVM (2003) Checklists of reef fauna Available at -
  • Allen, GR (2005) Reef fishes of northwestern Madagascar RAP Bulletin of Biological Assessment 31 39-48
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at -
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Weber, M; Beaufort, LF (1916) The fishes of the Indo-Australian Archipelago A.J. Reprints agency, Karol Bagh, New Delhi 3 455 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • 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
  • Jones, S. (1969) Catalogue of fishes from the Laccadive Archipelago in the reference collections of the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute. Bulletin of Central Marine Research Institute CMFRI, Cochin 8 1-35 Available at -

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