Lycodontis meleagris [Status Unaccepted]   (Shaw,  1795) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Color: Body black with numerous small yellow (white on preservation) spots, more crowded on head and body, and sparse on tail where sub-ocellate but always small; gill openings black; tip of tail yellow or orange.

Depth of body 19 (in juveniles) to 12 (in adults) in total length; length of head 2.6 to 2.8 times in trunk, and 7 to 8 times in total length; snout blunt. Cleft of mouth about 2 times in length of head. Anus before midpoint of body; tail 1.3 to 1.4 times as long as rest of body. Anterior nostril a short tube; posterior nostril a low tube with age. Jaws about equal; teeth on side of upper jaw in 2 rows, the inner row larger sharp fangs; 10 to 12 long depressible fangs in formidable group on intermaxillary, a few in front of lower jaw; a single row of conical teeth on vomer. Dorsal fin origin slightly before gill opening.

Synonym (s)
Lycodontis meleagris Talwar and Kacker, 1984
Muraena meleagris Day, 1878
Muraena meleagris Shaw and Nodder, 1795

Common Name (s)
• Spotted Moray (English)
• Killis (Marathi)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Estuarine


• Orissa, Mahanadi Estuary (Lat: 20.32) (Long: 86.75) INDIA
• Maharashtra INDIA (Record: 1984)
• Maharashtra, Sasoon Dock INDIA
• Maharashtra, Versova INDIA (Record: 1984)
• West Bengal (Lat: 21.45) (Long: 87.9) INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Zoological Survey of India (Eds.) (1998) Fauna Of Mahanadi estuary, Orissa Estuarine ecosystem series no 3 ZSI, Kolkata 1-218 Available at - ZSI, Pune
  • Talwar, PK and Kacker, RK (1984) Commercial sea fishes of India ZSI, Calcutta 997 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • 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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