Synodus macrops   Tanaka,  1917 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: Maximum 18 cm; common to 10 cm.

Color: Body tan, darker on back than on belly; 3 X-shaped pigmented areas on sides. Peritoneum grey to black; peritoneal spots 5 or 6, average 5.7 (difficult to see in specimens with a very dark peritoneum).

Body tubular, head somewhat depressed, caudal region a little compressed. Anterior palatine teeth short, not forming a discrete group; dermal flap on anterior nares long, triangular, extending well beyond nares when depressed anteriorly. Dorsal fin rays 11 or 12 (average 11.8); anal fin rays 10 or 11 (average 10.4); procurrent caudal rays 20 to 27 (average 23.1). Posterior pelvic process narrow. Large cycloid scales on body extending onto cheeks and operculum; scales above lateral line 3.5. Total vertebrae 50 to 55 (average 53.4).

Dioecious, external fertilization, nonguarders, open water or substratum egg scatterers.

Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• Triplecross Lizardfish (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial

Habitat:  Demersal



Literature Source(s)
  • Cressey, R (1981) Revision of Indo-west Pacific lizardfishes of the genus Synodus (Pisces: Synodontidae) Smithsonian Contribution to Zoology 342 p 53 Available at -
  • Hussain, SM Brief report on biodiversity in the coastal areas of Pakistan p 113
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at -
  • Fischer, W and Bianchi, G (Eds.) (1984) FAO species identification sheets for fishery purposes. Western Indian Ocean (Fishing Area 51) FAO, Rome 4 Available at -
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Pillai, PKM and Augustine, SK (2000) A code list of common marine living resources of the Indian seas CMFRI Special Publication No.12 CMFRI 1-115 Available at -

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