Monomitopus conjugator   (Alcock,  1896) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Size: 225 mm.

Color: In preserved specimens brownish or yellowish, belly darker, the black peritoneum shining through. Scales pouches black. Vertical fins black.

Height 4.5-5.2, 5-5.6 in length with caudal. Head 3.88-4.32, 4.2-4.6 in length with caudal. Eye 4.1-4.5, equal to or somewhat more than snout 1.1-1.3 in convex inter orbital space. Mouth somewhat oblique. Maxillary reaching slightly beyond vertical through hind border of eye. Teeth on vomer in a rather narrow ^-shaped band, those on palatines in a much broader band. Opercular spine rather strong, pungent. Two flexible flat spines at angle of preopercle. Origin of dorsal slightly behind base of pectoral, its distance from tip of snout 3.7-3.9, 4-4.2 in length with caudal. Distance of origin of anal from base of pectoral equal to head or half length of snout shorter, and from end of snout 2.1-2.4, 2.3-2.6 in length with caudal. Ventrals equal to head without snout.

Oviparous, with oval pelagic eggs floating in a gelatinous mass.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Neobythites conjugator Alcock, 1899
Neobythites conjugator M. Weber, 1913
Monomitopus pallidus Smith and Radcliffe, 1913
Monomitopus conjugator Norman, 1939
Neobythites conjugator Alcock, 1896
Neobythites conjugetur Alcock, 1896

Common Name (s)
• Cusk Eel
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Demersal


• Arabian Sea (Lat: 13.55) (Long: 73.4) INDIA (Record: 02/1985-06/1987) (Depth: 250 mts)

Literature Source(s)
  • (2003) Catalog of fishes Available at -
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Beaufort, LF and Chapman, WM (1951) The fishes of the Indo-Australian Archipelago A. J. Reprints agency, Karol Bagh, New Delhi 9 484 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Balachandran, K and Nizar, MA (1990) A check list of fishes of the Exclusive Economic Zone of India collected during the research cruises of FORV Sagar Sampada Proceedings of the first workshop on scientific results of FORV Sagar Sampada CMFRI, Cochin 305-324 Available at -

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