Chauliodus pammelas   Alcock,  1892 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Max length: 19.5 cm SL (male/unsexed)

Color: Uniform black.

Head and body with markedly convex dorsal and ventral profiles. Head about 7 in standard length. Depth of body 7.7 in standard length. Eye diameter about 3.6 in head; snout shorter than eye diameter. Premaxillary with four fang-like teeth on each side; maxillaries with fine teeth. Mandible with a series of widely spaced pointed teeth; 4-8 minute denticles at posterior end of lower jaw. Palatines with a series of small teeth. First spine of dorsal fin elongate, about 3 in total length. Photophores: A very small suborbital organ; a ventral series of 10 or 11 between isthmus and pectoral fin; 16-19 between pectoral and ventral fins; 20-22 between ventral and anal fins and the upper lateral series of about 50 organs.
Number of spines and rays in the dorsal fin: 6; number of spines and rays in the anal fin: 11-12; number of rays in the pectoral fin: 11-14; number of spines and rays in the ventral fin: 7.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Chauliodus pammelas Alcock, 1892
(Senior synonym)
Chauliodus panimelas Alcock, 1892

Common Name (s)
• Viper-fish
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Pelagic


• Lakshadweep, Minicoy Islands INDIA
• Arabian Sea
• Gulf of Aden
• Lakshadweep Sea

Literature Source(s)
  • Zoological Survey of India (Eds) (1991) Animal resources of India (Protozoa to Mammalia) ZSI 1-694 Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Alcock, A (1994) A descriptive catalogue of the Indian deep sea fishes in the Indian museum Oxford and IBH Publishing Co. Pvt. Ltd.,New Delhi 1-211 Available at - CMFRI Library, Cochin- 682018
  • Jones, S and Kumaran, M (1980) Fishes of the Laccadive Archipelago The Nature Conservation and Aquatic Sciences Service, Trivandrum, Kerala 760 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at -
  • Pillai, PKM and Augustine, SK (2000) A code list of common marine living resources of the Indian seas CMFRI Special Publication No.12 CMFRI 1-115 Available at -

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