Lagocephalus lunaris   (Bloch & Schneider,  1801) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order:Tetraodontiformes
Family:Tetraodontidae

Image copyrights:Randall, JE

Description
Size: 45.0 cm SL

Body covered with prickles. Prickles on back extending from nape to caudal peduncle. Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; dorsal soft rays (total): 11-13; anal spines: 0; anal soft rays: 10-12.


Synonym (s)
Lagocephalus lunaris Talwar and Jhingran, 1991
Tetrodon lunaris Bloch & Schneider, 1801
(Senior synonym)
Tetrodon lunaris Day, 1878
Lagocephalus lunaris lunaris (Bloch & Schneider, 1801)
(Senior synonym)
Sphoeroides lunaris (Bloch & Schneider, 1801)
(Senior synonym)
Spheroides lunaris (Bloch & Schneider, 1801)
(Misspelling)
Sphoerodon lunaris (Bloch & Schneider, 1801)
(Misspelling)

Common Name (s)
• Moontail Blaassop (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial, Dangers
(Aquarium
Poisonous to eat)

Ecology
Habitat:  Reef Associated, Demersal, Estuarine

Biogeography


• Orissa, Mahanadi Estuary (Lat: 20.32) (Long: 86.75) INDIA
• Bay of Bengal (Lat: 15) (Long: 90) INDIA
• West Bengal, Digha Coast (Lat: 21.61) (Long: 87.53) INDIA
• Orissa, Chilika Lake INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai Coast INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Gujarat, Off Kandla INDIA (Record: 1986-1987)
• Tamil Nadu, Cuddalore Coast INDIA (Record: 07/2008)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh, Off Visakhapatnam (Lat: 17.73) (Long: 83.55) INDIA (Record: 04/1989-03/1990) (Depth: 50 mts)
• West Bengal (Lat: 21.45) (Long: 87.9) INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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