Ten New Records of the Reticulate Unicornfish Naso reticulatus Randall, 2001 (Perciformes: Acanthuridae): Distributional Range Expansion along the Southern Coasts of India

Roul, Subal Kumar and Behera, Pralaya Ranjan and Kumar, Rajan and Rahangdale, Shikha and Pradhan, Rajesh Kumar and Ghosh, Shubhadeep and Rohit, Prathibha (2019) Ten New Records of the Reticulate Unicornfish Naso reticulatus Randall, 2001 (Perciformes: Acanthuridae): Distributional Range Expansion along the Southern Coasts of India. Thalassas: An International Journal of Marine Sciences. pp. 1-7. ISSN 0212-5919

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    Abstract

    The reticulate unicornfish Naso reticulatus Randall, 2001 has been previously reported from Indonesia, Taiwan, Philippines, north-east coast of India and Pakistan. In the present study, ten specimens of N. reticulatus were collected during 2016 and 2017 from four locations in Indian waters covering both east coast (Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu) and west coast (Kerala and Gujarat). A detailed morphological and morphometric description of the specimens is provided. This species is characterised by V+28–30 dorsal rays, II + 26–28 anal rays, 16–17 pectoral rays, elongate body (body depth 28.1–32.4% in SL in larger specimens and 36.0–38.5% in SL in smaller individuals), angular median interorbital space and reticulated colour pattern on body of larger specimens and absent in smaller individuals which display some irregular white and black patches. This study reports the range extension of N. reticulatus towards the southern coasts of India, suggesting that this species is widely distributed throughout the Indian coast.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Reticulate unicornfish; Naso reticulatus; Acanthuridae; New records; Range extension; Indian coast
    Subjects: Pelagic Fisheries
    Divisions: CMFRI-Kochi > Marine Capture > Pelagic Fisheries
    Subject Area > CMFRI > CMFRI-Kochi > Marine Capture > Pelagic Fisheries
    CMFRI-Kochi > Marine Capture > Pelagic Fisheries
    Subject Area > CMFRI-Kochi > Marine Capture > Pelagic Fisheries
    Depositing User: Arun Surendran
    Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2019 07:04
    Last Modified: 15 Jul 2019 07:04
    URI: http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/id/eprint/13700

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