Mistaken by dots: Revealing the misidentification of Saurida lessepsianus (Actinopterygii: Aulopiformes: Synodontidae) along the west coast of India (eastern Arabian Sea)

Silpa, Susanti and Srihari, Murugesan and Annam, Pavan Kumar and Roul, Subal Kumar and Russell, B and Jaiswar, A K (2021) Mistaken by dots: Revealing the misidentification of Saurida lessepsianus (Actinopterygii: Aulopiformes: Synodontidae) along the west coast of India (eastern Arabian Sea). Acta Ichthyologica et Piscatoria, 51 (2). pp. 185-191.

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    Abstract

    The presently reported study identified Saurida lessepsianus Russell, Golani et Tikochinski, 2015 from the west coast of India, which was earlier diagnosed as Saurida undosquamis (Richardson, 1848) due to their morphological similarities. Saurida lessepsianus is characterized by 48–51 lateral line scales, 44–47 vertebrae, 3–6 rows of teeth on tongue and anterior part of stomach black. The identity of this species was also confirmed by molecular examination (phylogenetic analysis of the COI sequences) and the study revealed a genetic divergence value of 0.08 between S. lessepsianus and S. undosquamis. Our study confirms the extended distribution of S.   lessepsianus along the west coast of India (eastern Arabian Sea) from the Red Sea-Mediterranean Sea.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: DNA barcoding, Indian coast, Lessepsian lizardfish, Misidentification
    Subjects: Fish and Fisheries > Fish Genetics
    Fish and Fisheries > Fish Taxonomy
    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

    CMFRI-Puri FC
    Depositing User: Arun Surendran
    Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2021 07:25
    Last Modified: 16 Jul 2021 06:29
    URI: http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/id/eprint/15175

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