First record of Uranoscopus crassiceps (Alcock, 1890) (Perciformes: Uranoscopidae) from off the Arabian Sea coast, south-western India

Sileesh MULLASSERI SIDHARTHAN, Alphi KORATH, Harish KARUVELIPARAMBIL CHANDRAN, Viji VIDYAN, Aswathy MALIKAPARAMBIL SANTHOSH, Ronald FRICKE

Abstract

Uranoscopus crassiceps, a marine demersal species of stargazer occurring at depths from 187-230 m, is recorded from off the southwest coast of India in the Indian EEZ. The species was expected to occur in the region, but not previously reported. It is also known from northern Somalia, southern Yemen and Oman. 17 specimens of U. crassiceps were collected at a depth of 200-230 m during the survey of Fisheries Oceanographic Research Vessel (FORV) Sagar Sampada (Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India), from the west coast of India. A morphometric and meristic analysis was performed, and the specimens were compared with the original description and redescription. The species is characterised by a large head and relatively long pelvic fin, colour of the caudal fin slightly greenish yellow in freshly caught specimen.

Keywords

FORV, South West coast of India, Redescription, Demersal, HSDT-CV

Full Text:

PDF

References

Alcock A.W. 1890. Natural history notes from H.M. Indian marine survey steamer ‘Investigator,’ Commander R.F. Hoskyn, R.N., commanding. No. 16. On the bathybial fishes collected in the Bay of Bengal during the season 1889-1890. The Annals and Magazine of Natural History 6(33): 197-222.

Eschmeyer W.N., Fricke R., van der Laan R. 2016. Catalog of fishes, electronic version. Internet publication, San Francisco (California Academy of Sciences).Version of 1 December 2016. http://research.calacademy.org/research/Ichthyology/Catalog/fishcatmain.asp.

Eschmeyer W.N., Fong J.D. 2016. Species by family/subfamily in the Catalog of fishes, updated 1 December 2016. Internet publication, San Francisco (California Academy of Sciences). http://researcharchive.calacademy.org/research/ichthyology/catalog/fishcatmain.asp

Pante E., Simon-Bouhet B. 2013. marmap: A package for importing, plotting and analyzing bathymetric and topographic data in R. PLoS ONE 8(9): e73051.

Fricke R. 1983. A method of counting caudal fin rays of actinopterygian fishes. Braunschweiger Naturkundliche Schriften 1(4): 729-734.

Fricke R., Jawad L.A., Al-Kharusi L.H., Al-Mamry J.M. 2013. New record and redescription of Uranoscopus crassiceps Alcock, 1890 (Uranoscopidae) from Oman, Arabian Sea, northwestern Indian Ocean, based on adult specimens. Cybium 37(3): 143-147.

Fricke R., Eschmeyer W.N. 2016a. References in the Catalog of fishes. Online version, updated 1 December 2016. Internet publication, San Francisco (California Academy of Sciences). http://research.calacademy.org/research/Ichthyology/ Catalog/fishcatmain.asp.

Fricke R., Eschmeyer W.N. 2016b. A guide to fish collections in the Catalog of fishes. Online version, updated 1 December 2016. Internet publication, San Francisco (California Academy of Sciences). http://researcharchive.calacademy.org/research/ichthyology/catalog/collections.asp.

Kishimoto H. 1984. Redescription and lectotype designation of the stargazer, Uranoscopus kaianus Günther. Copeia (4): 1009-1011.

Norman J.R. 1939. Fishes. The John Murray Expedition 1933- 34. Scientific Reports, John Murray Expedition 7(1): 1-116.

Pietsch T.W. 1989. Phylogenetic relationships of trachinoid fishes of the family Uranoscopidae. Copeia (2): 253-303.

R Core Team 2016. R: A language and environment for statistical computing. R Foundation for Statistical Computing, Vienna, Austria. URL https://www.R-project.org/.u

Refbacks

  • There are currently no refbacks.