Avocettina infans   (Gunther,  1878) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Max. size: 74.5 cm TL

Dorsal spines (total): 0-0, Dorsal soft rays (total): 300, Anal spines: 0. Dorsal fin with up to 350 rays, caudal much reduced, linear, anal fin rays 265-270 or more, pectorals small. Eel like body in lateral. Uniform dusky brown, except jaws, pectoral fins, and lower abdomen which are paler. Strong sexual dimorphism.

Dioecious, external fertilization, oviparous with planktonic leptocephali, degenerative changes in males and females suggest semelparity.

Synonym (s)
Avocettina elongata (Gill & Ryder, 1883)
Avocettina exophthalma Parr, 1932
Avocettina gilli (Bean, 1890)
Avocettinops normani Bertin, 1947
Avocettinops schmidti Roule & Bertin, 1924
Borodinula gilli (Bean, 1890)
Borodinula infans (Gunther, 1878)
Labichthys elongatus Gill & Ryder, 1883
Labichthys gilli Bean, 1890
Leptocephalus oxycephalus Pappenheim, 1914
Nemichthys infans Gunther, 1878

Common Name (s)
• Avocet Snipe-Eel (English)
• Snipe (English)
• Snipe-Eel (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Cultured:  No

Habitat:  Pelagic, Reef Associated, Demersal
Trophic Level:  Secondary Consumer
Prey:  Benthic crustaceans


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA

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
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at - http://www.fishbase.org
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Talwar, PK (1990) Fishes of Andaman and Nicobar Islands: A synoptic survey Journal of the Andaman Science Association Andaman Science Association, Port Blair 6(2) 71-102 Available at - NIO,Goa

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