Macrourus woodmasoni   Alcock  1890 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Color: Chocolate; lower side of head, chest and fins blackish.

Body compressed, tail long and tapering. Head 4.5-4.7 in total length. Depth of body about ¾ length of head. Snout with strong median and lateral tubercles. Eye diameter 4 in head, little less than snout and equal to interorbital space. Mouth inferior, maxilla reaching behind vertical from anterior border of eye. Small conical teeth in broad bands in jaws. Barbel shorter than eye diameter. First dorsal fin spine rudimentary; the second equal to or a little longer than half length of head and with numerous barbs along its front edge. Interspace between dorsal fins about half length of head. Ventral fins with the outer ray slightly prolonged, reaching to origin of anal fin.
Number of spines in the first dorsal fin: II, 9; number of spines and rays in the second dorsal fin: about 100; number of spines and rays in the anal fin: about 105; number of rays in the pectoral fin: 21; number of spines and rays in the ventral fins: 8; 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: about 130; number of horizontal scale rows usually counted from origin of the dorsal fin to the lateral line and from anal origin to the lateral line: 4+1+22.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Macrurus wood-masoni Alcock 1890

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Arabian Sea INDIA (Record: 1980)
• Off Konkan Coast INDIA (Record: 1980)
• Lakshadweep Sea INDIA (Record: 1980)
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA (Record: 1980)

Literature Source(s)
  • Wafar, MVM (2003) Checklists of reef fauna Available at -
  • 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 -

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