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

Color: Chocolate; lower part of head and abdomen black; fins blackish.

Head 5 in total length and slightly more than depth of body. Tail rapidly tapering posteriorly. Snout about 4 in head, equal to eye and also to flat interorbital space. Mouth inferior, maxilla almost reaching level of middle of eye. Teeth in broad villiform bands in jaws, inner row in the upper and outer row in the lower jaw enlarged. Barbel about ¾ diameter of eye. Head and body with deciduous spinigerous scales. First dorsal fin spine rudimentary; the second slightly prolonged, its front edge serrated. Second dorsal fin spine shorter than head without snout. Interspace between first and second dorsal fins equal to the length of base of first dorsal or a little more than length of snout. Pectoral fin more than half length of head. Ventral fins with the first ray slightly produced, reaching to origin of anal fin.
Number of spines in the first dorsal fin: II, 10; number of spines and rays in the second dorsal fin: about 110; number of spines and rays in the anal fin: about 110; number of rays in the pectoral fin: 21-22; number of spines and rays in the ventral fins: 7; 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.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Macrurus hextii Alcock, 1890

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Lakshadweep Sea

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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