Zenopsis conchifer   (Lowe,  1852) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Max. size: 70 cm.

Color: Adults silvery grey, with a faint dusky midlateral blotch just behind head; first dorsal and pelvic fins blackish. Juveniles silvery, with several dark blotches.

Body oval, strongly compressed, without scales. Seven pairs of keeled bony scutes between pelvic fins and first anal spine; 1 to 3 bony plates at base of first dorsal fin, 4 or 5 along base of soft dorsal, and 5 to 7 along base of anal fin. Dorsal fin with 9 or 10 spines and 24 to 27 soft rays; anal fin with 3 spines and 24 to 26 soft rays; pelvic fins with 6 or 7 rays, their origin in front of vertical through front edge of eye. Caudal peduncle length about 3 times its least depth.

Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• Silvery John Dory (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial

Habitat:  Bentho Pelagic
Prey:  Fishes and squids
Predator:  Bony fish (Trichiurus lepturus)


• West Coast INDIA (Record: 1998-2000) (Depth: 301-400 mts)

Literature Source(s)
  • Zoological Survey of India (Eds) (1991) Animal resources of India (Protozoa to Mammalia) ZSI 1-694 Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Fischer, W and Bianchi, G (Eds.) (1984) FAO species identification sheets for fishery purposes. Western Indian Ocean (Fishing Area 51) FAO, Rome 5 Available at - http://www.fao.org/docrep/009/ad468e/ad468e00.HTM
  • 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
  • Venu, S and Kurup, BM (2002) Distribution and abundance of deep sea fishes along the west coast of India Fishery Technology Society of Fisheries Technologists 39(1) 20-26 Available at - NIO, Goa

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