Sorsogona tuberculata   (Cuvier,  1829) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 12-14 cm.

Color: Body brownish above, pale below, with 3 or 4 dark bands crossing back. Fins more or less dusky.

Depth 7.8 in total length. Head 2.78 in standard length and 3.2 in total length. Eye 3.8 in head, 1.3 in snout. Body elongate with head moderately depressed. Top of head with bony tubercles and bony ridges bearing small spines or serrations; lower opercular spine bearing serrations along base; preocular spines usually 2, sometimes a 3rd tiny spine is present; preopercular spines usually 4 or more; gillrakers on first arch usually 1 plus 7 or 8; margin of interopercular membrane entire. Second dorsal and anal fins usually with 11 soft rays; pectoral fins with 19 to 22 rays, usually 21. Pored lateral line scales 49 to 53, usually 51 to 52, the anterior 19 to 33 bearing a small spine. Scale rows slating downward and backward along lateral line about the same number as the pored lateral line scales.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Onigocia tuberculatus (Cuvier, 1829)
Platycephalus tuberculata Cuvier, 1829
Rogadius tuberculatus (Cuvier, 1829)
Thysanophrys tuberculatus (Cuvier, 1829)

Common Name (s)
• Tuberculated Flathead (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Marketed fresh or frozen)

Habitat:  Benthic, Sandy, Muddy
Prey:  Small invertebrates


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai Coast INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Chidiya Tapu INDIA (Record: 31/07/1992)
• 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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