Halosaurus parvipinnis   Alcock  (Fish)
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Class: Actinopterygii

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Color: Light brown; opercles silvery, throat and branchiostegal membranes black, fins darker than body.

Body slightly compressed, tail gradually tapering. Head about 8 in total length. Eye diameter about 6.4 in head, about 2.5 in snout and less than 0.3 in interorbital space. Maxillary not quite reaching vertical through anterior border of eye. Villiform teeth in bands in jaws and palatines and in a narrow band on the pterygoids. Dorsal fin origin about an eye diameter behind ventrals which arise about a head length behind the gill openings. Pectoral fin narrow, pointed, longer than snout. Scales of lateral line slightly larger and much more adherent than those of the rest of the body.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Halosaurus parvipennis Alcock 1892
Halosaurus parvipinnis Alcock 1895

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Lakshadweep Sea (Record: 1980)
• Gulf of Aden (Record: 1980)

Literature Source(s)
  • Wafar, MVM (2003) Checklists of reef fauna Available at - http://www.reefindia.org/
  • 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 - http://www.marinespecies.org

Page last updated on:2009-10-26

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