Cirrhimuraena playfairii   (Gunther)  1870 (Fish)
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Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order:Anguilliformes
Family:Ophichthidae

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Description
Size: Head 11.38 (10.95-11.99) in TL, 3.72 (3.60-3.86) in trunk; depth 43.30 (35.64-53.49) in TL, 14 (11.92-16.08) in trunk; trunk 2.05 (1.99-2.18) in tail which is 1.49 (1.45-1.50) in TL; eye 18.90 (16.94-22.83) in head, 2.76 (2.28-3.43) in snout; pectorals 5.08 (3.82-6.61) in head; base pectoral 1.6 (1.212.0) in the extent of the gill opening; length of body cavity 4.20 (4.0-4.57) in TL.

Color: Brown above, lighter below.

Head pointed, jaw subterminal, cleft of mouth extends far beyond eye. Upper jaw fringed, ranging from 12-17 in two batches on either side, being absent along the jaw where the posterior nostril opens. Maxillary teeth small, slender, sharp, increasing in number posteriorly from 3 to 7 rows. Vomerine teeth also in several rows, mandibles with a single row of teeth. A median interorbital pore, paired pores on head near snout and behind eye respectively. 28 overlapping branchiostegal rays visible on either side.

Remarks: Measurements are expressed as 'times' in total length (TL) and head length (HL); the mean value is provided along with the range in parenthesis.


Synonym (s)
Ophichthys playfairii Gunther 1870
Jenkinsiella playfairi (Gunther) 1870
Jenkinsiella playfairii (Gunther) 1870
Microdonophis macgregori Jenkins 1903
Ophichthys arenicola Klunzinger 1871
Cirrhimuraena playfairii (Gunther) 1870
(Senior synonym)
Jenkinsiella playfairi (Gunther) 1870
(Senior synonym)
Jenkinsiella playfairii (Gunther) 1870
(Senior synonym)
Microdonophis macgregori Jenkins 1903
(Junior synonym)
Ophichthys arenicola Klunzinger 1871
(Junior synonym)
Ophichthys playfairii Gunther 1870
(Senior synonym)

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Ecology
Habitat:  Demersal

Biogeography


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh, Godavari Estuary (Lat: 16.63) (Long: 82.3) INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh, Off Godavari Estuary INDIA (Record: 1997)

Literature Source(s)
  • Rao, DV; Devi, K and Rajan, PT (2000) An account of ichthyofauna of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Bay of Bengal Occasional paper no 178 Records of the Zoological Survey of India ZSI, Calcutta 1-434 Available at - NCL, Pune
  • (2001) Fauna of Godavari estuary, Andhra Pradesh Estuarine ecosystem series 4 ZSI, Kolkata 1-166 Available at - ZSI, Pune
  • Devi, KR and Ravichandran, MS (1997) Occurrence of Cirrhimuraena playfairii (Gunther) (Anguilliformes: Ophichthidae) from the Yanam waters of the Coromandel coast of India Journal of Marine Biological Association of India The Marine Biological Association of India, Cochin 38(1&2) 166-168 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
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at - http://www.fishbase.org

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