Halosauropsis mediorostris   Gunther  (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Size: 44.2 cm.

Color: Violet brown, end of tail somewhat darker. Bony parts of head silvery, the black covering of the buccal and branchial cavities shining through.

Height nearly 20. Head about 1 2/3 in trunk and 1 1/2 times to nearly twice in its distance from the root of the ventrals. Head naked, except for some scales on the upper half of the cheeks and the uppermost portion of the gillcover. Snout produced, its length about 2 1/3 in that of head, its praeoral portion not quite 1/3 of its length. Eye more than 8, less than 4 times in postorbital part of head and less than 2/3 of interorbital space. Maxillary reaching to, or slightly beyond frontborder of eye. Origin of dorsal 2 1/2 eye lengths behind origin of ventrals, which are therefore almost entirely in advance of the dorsal. Ventrals not united by membrane. Pectorals with a very narrow base, longer than postrostral part of head and nearly reaching to ventrals. Scales very deciduous, those of lateral line much enlarged, bearing luminous organs, they are 20-25 or somewhat less in number between the gillopening and the vent. Pterygoid bands of teeth rather broad, separated from the palatine band by a considerable interval. Gillrakers numerous, close-set, rather long.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Halosaurus mediorostris Gunther 1887
Halosaurus mediorostris Alcock 1894
Halosaurus mediorostris Max Weber 1913
Halosauropsis mediorostris Weber and de Beaufort 1922

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Lakshadweep Sea (Record: 1980)

Literature Source(s)
  • (2002) Lakshadweep Islands biodiversity strategy and action plan (Version: 3)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Weber, M; Beaufort, LF (1922) The fishes of the Indo-Australian Archipelago Print times, Pataudi house, Daryaganj, New Delhi 4 410 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • 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

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