Chascanopsetta lugubris   Alcock,  1894 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: Maximum: 40 cm; common to 25 cm

Colour: Eyed side greyish or yellowish brown, with or without numerous spots; fins dusky; peritoneum black, visible through the thin abdominal walls. Blind side uniformly light.

Body rather elongate, and thin. Eyes on left side; interorbital space narrow; maxilla long (70% of head length or rather) extending backward well beyond posterior edge of eye; teeth small, slender no distinct canines), depressible on lower jaw; gillrakers absent, although 1 or 2 rudiments may be present on lower limb of first arch. Dorsal fin rays 114 to 122, origin of fin well in front of eyes; anal fin rays 71 to 85; pelvic fin bases unequal in length, that on eyed side much longer. Scales small, cycloid (smooth) on both sides, about 190 in lateral line.

Synonym (s)
Chascanopsetta blumenalia Shen, 1967
Chascanopsetta galatheae Nielsen, 1961
Chascanopsetta gilchristi von Bonde, 1922
Chascanopsetta lugubris danae Bruun, 1937
Chascanopsetta lugubris lugubris Alcock, 1894
Chascanopsetta maculata von Bonde, 1922
Chascanopsetta microstoma Kuronuma, 1940
Chascanopsetta normani Kuronuma, 1940
Chascanopsetta raptator (Franz, 1910)
Trachypterophrys raptator Franz, 1910

Common Name (s)
• Pelican Flounder (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Marketed fresh and dried salted)

Habitat:  Demersal, Sandy, Muddy


• Tamil Nadu, Chennai Coast INDIA
• Kerala INDIA
• Kerala, Off Kollam INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh, Vishakhapatnam INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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