Lepturacanthus pantului   (Gupta,  1966) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: Maximum 92 cm SL; common to 50 cm SL.

Color: In fresh specimens, body steely blue with metallic reflections becoming silvery grey after death. Tapering part black, margin of anus black, usually margin of dorsal fin membrane sooty; tip of both jaws black; a very small black spot present on anterior base of pectoral fin; inside of opercle and anterior part of shoulder girdle, jet black.

Body extremely elongate and strongly compressed, ribbon-like, gradually tapering to a point. Snout short, contained about 3 times in head length; mouth large with a dermal flap at tip of each jaw; 3 (sometimes 4) fangs with barbs and 2 smaller forward directed canine teeth present in upper jaw, anterior-most fang very long, coming out through a small slit on ventral side of lower jaw (when mouth is tightly closed); a pair of fangs (usually without barbs) present at tip of lower jaw; eye large, its diameter contained about 5 to 7 times in head length, suborbital space about half as large as eye; lower hind margin of gill cover concave. A single, long-based, dorsal fin with 3 spines and 120 to 131 soft rays; anal fin reduced to small spinules (74 to 84), breaking through skin, the anterior-most fairly long; pectoral fins slightly shorter than snout, with 1 spine and 10 or 11 soft rays. Anal fin origin situated beneath 36th to 40th dorsal fin ray; pelvic and caudal fins absent. Lateral line nearer to ventral than to dorsal profile of body.

Synonym (s)
Trichiurus pantuli Gupta, 1966
Trichiurus pantului Gupta, 1966

Common Name (s)
• Gangetic Ribbon Fish (English)
• Coromandal Ribbon Fish (English)
• Coromandel Hairtail (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Fisheries; marketed fresh as well as dried salted.)

Habitat:  Pelagic, Bentho Pelagic, Estuarine, Coastal
Trophic Level:  Consumer
Prey:  Small fishes and crustaceans (mainly prawns, young clupeoids, Harpodon nehereus and Trichiurus species)


• Orissa, Mahanadi Estuary (Lat: 20.32) (Long: 86.75) INDIA
• West Bengal, Digha Coast (Lat: 21.61) (Long: 87.53) INDIA
• West Bengal (Lat: 21.45) (Long: 87.9) INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Khan, RA (2003) Fish faunal resources of Sunderban estuarine system with special reference to the biology of some commercially important species Records of the Zoological Survey of India ZSI, Kolkata 1-149 Available at - NCL, Pune
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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
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  • Das, P; De, SP; Bhowmik, RM; Pandit, IK; Sengupta, R; Nandi, AC; Thakurta, SC and Saha, S (2007) Piscine diversity of West Bengal Fishing chimes 27(5) 15-28 Available at - NIO, Goa

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