Echidna leucotaenia   Schultz,  1943 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order:Anguilliformes
Family:Muraenidae

Description
Max length: 75.0 cm TL (male/unsexed)

Color: Plain brownish; a broad lighter area behind eye; edges of dorsal and anal fins white; tip of snout and lower jaw pale to brownish; mucus pores below eye and posterior nostrils white; an oblique elongate dark blotch on upper and lower jaw anterior to corner of mouth.

Head 7.3-8.0, depth of body 14.0-16.2, both in total length. Head 2.4-2.7 in trunk. Eye diameter 8.5-9.6 in head, 1.3-1.6 in snout and 1.1-1.3 in interorbital space. Cleft of mouth 2.3-2.9 in head. Anterior nostrils tubular, on each side of tip of snout; posterior nostrils with slightly raised rims, slightly behind a level from the front border of eye. Teeth all granular, except those at symphysis of upper jaw which are somewhat conical; uniserial in upper jaw, biserial in lower jaw; 2 or 3 teeth on intermaxillary and 2-3 series on vomer. Dorsal fin origin on rear of head before a level from the gill opening.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.


Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• Whiteface Moray (English)
• Huduveng (Mahl)
• Malanhi (Malayalam)
Economic Importance and Threats

Ecology
Habitat:  Benthic, Reef Associated, Estuarine
Trophic Level:  Secondary Consumer
Prey:  Crustaceans

Biogeography


• Lakshadweep, Kadamatt INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• SEYCHELLES

Literature Source(s)
  • Wafar, MVM (2003) Checklists of reef fauna Available at - http://www.reefindia.org/
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at - http://www.fishbase.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
  • 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
  • Jones, S and Kumaran, M (1965) New records of fishes from the seas around India - Part III Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India Marine Biological Association of India 7(2) 381-400 Available at - http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/1855/1/Jones_381-400.pdf

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