Enchelynassa canina   (Quoy & Gaimard,  1824) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Winterbottom, R.

Max length: 250 cm TL.

Color: Uniform dark brown; dorsal and anal fins lighter posteriorly.

Head 7.3-7.5, depth of body 14.0-14.7, both in total length. Tail one fourth of length of head shorter than head and trunk. Eye diameter 10.5-11.2 in head, 1.8-2.0 in snout and 1.3-1.4 in interorbital space. Anterior nostrils with a low rim and a curled bilobed flap behind. Posterior nostrils with elevated membranous rim, between anterior nostrils and eye, its diameter slightly less than eye. Cleft of mouth 2.1-2.2 in head. Origin of dorsal fin before a level from the gill openings. Two series of compressed teeth on the maxillary, the anterior-most small, the inner series large depressible fangs. A single series of teeth on the intermaxillary with two median depressible fangs. A single series of large teeth on the mandibles and an inner series of 3 large depressible fangs anteriorly. Two conical teeth on vomer.

Fertilization external, oviparous.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Muraena canina Quoy and Gaimard, 1824
Enchelynassa canina Smith, 1962
Muraena (Enchelynassa) canina Weber and de Beaufort, 1916
Enchelycore canina (Quoy & Gaimard, 1824)
(Senior synonym)
Muraena canina Quoy & Gaimard, 1824
(Senior synonym)
Enchelynassa conina (Quoy & Gaimard, 1824)

Common Name (s)
• Veng (Mahl)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Dangers
(Traumatogenic; may bite by accident or when provoked.)

Habitat:  Benthic, Reef Associated
Trophic Level:  Tertiary Consumer
Prey:  Fishes and octopi


• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • 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 - http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/569/1/Bulletin_8.pdf
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