Halosaurus carinicauda   (Alcock,  1889) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Size: 39.3 cm.

Color: Uniform light-brown. The black covering of the buccal and branchial cavities shining through.

Height about 18. Head 7-8, nearly 2 2/3 times in trunk, about one eye-length shorter than its distance from base of ventrals, covered by scales, the snout included. Snout conical, its length somewhat more than 2.5 times in that of head, the praeoral portion about 2.5 times in length of snout. Major diameter of eye 5 to more than 6 times in length of head, more than twice in postorbital part of head and less than twice the width of the interorbital space. Maxillary not reaching frontborder of eye. Origin of dorsal opposite to about middle of length of ventrals. Ventrals more or less united by membrane. (Pectorals broken). Scales deciduous. Those of the lateral line, which are without luminous organs, only slightly enlarged, about 60 between head and anus. On the tail the scales of the lateral line are separated from the anal by two, and more hindwards by one series of scales. Some scales in the middle line behind the dorsal may be enlarged and elongated, and in the posterior part of the tail these may be set in a low median fold of skin. Pterygoid bands of teeth narrow, scarcely separated from the palatine bands. Gillrakers short, not numerous.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Halosaurichthys carinicauda Alcock, 1889
Halosaurichthys carinicauda Goode and Bean, 1895
Halosaurus carinicauda Alcock, 1896
Halosaurus carinicauda Alcock, 1899
Halosaurus carinicauda Max Weber, 1913

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Pelagic, Reef Associated, Demersal


• Andaman Nicobar Islands, Andaman INDIA (Record: 1922)
• Andaman Nicobar Islands INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • (2003) Catalog of fishes Available at - http://www.calacademy.org/research/ichthyology/catalog/
  • 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
  • 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
  • Talwar, PK (1990) Fishes of Andaman and Nicobar Islands: A synoptic survey Journal of the Andaman Science Association Andaman Science Association, Port Blair 6(2) 71-102 Available at - NIO,Goa

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