Macrourus nasutus   (Gunther,  1877) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Color: Grey; throat, abdomen, ventrals and pectorals blackish.

Head large, tail gradually tapering. Snout obtusely pointed with a projecting median tubercle. Eye diameter 3-4 in head and equal to or shorter than snout. Mouth inferior. Cleft of mouth reaching vertical from front border of eye. Bands of villiform teeth in jaws, the outer two rows in upper jaw enlarged. Barbel very small. First dorsal spine minute; second spine produced, about equal to head, its anterior surface with upwardly directed barbs. Second dorsal fin origin separated from first dorsal fin by interspace equal to head without snout. Ventral fin with the first ray produced, as long as postorbital length of head with half eye diameter. Scales very rough, those on head small uniformly large on body; spinelets on scales densely packed and subequal in size. 7 or 8 scales between dorsal and lateral line.
Number of spines in the first dorsal fin: II, 10; number of spines and rays in the second dorsal fin: 95; number of spines and rays in the anal fin: 110; number of rays in the pectoral fin: 19-20; number of spines and rays in the ventral fins: 10.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Coryphaenoides nasutus Gunther, 1877
Macrurus brevirostris Alcock, 1889
Macrurus nasutus Gunther, 1887

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Lakshadweep Sea INDIA
• Andaman Sea INDIA

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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