First record of occurrence of Boulenger’s anthias Sacura boulengeri (Heemstra, 1973), Family: Serranidae, in Indian waters

Thomas, Sujitha and Sreeram, Miriam Paul and George, Rani Mary and Naomi, T S and Sanil, N K (2008) First record of occurrence of Boulenger’s anthias Sacura boulengeri (Heemstra, 1973), Family: Serranidae, in Indian waters. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India, 50 (1). pp. 69-73.

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Abstract

Previously known only from the Gulf of Oman off Muscat and Pakistan off Sindh, this record is the first from Indian waters for Boulenger’s anthias, Sacura boulengeri. Morphometric and meristic characters of the specimens collected from the west coast of India complement those of the specimens from the Gulf of Oman (05 adult males; lectotype) and Pakistan (01 adult male) examined by Heemstra and Randall (1979)and Moazzam and Osmany (2004) respectively. Hitherto known only from male specimens, the present study records the morphometric and meristic characteristics of a female specimen. The identification key provided by Heemstra and Randall (1979) requires to be revised as the number of gill rakers present in the lower limb of the first gill is lesser than that stipulated as a diagnostic character in the earlier works.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Boulenger’s anthias; Sacura boulengeri; morphometric; meristic; Serranidae
Subjects: Fish and Fisheries
Demersal Fishes
Divisions: CMFRI-Cochin > Marine Capture > Demersal Fisheries
Subject Areas > CMFRI Brochures > CMFRI-Cochin > Marine Capture > Demersal Fisheries
Depositing User: Geetha P Mrs
Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2010 17:09
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2015 15:16
URI: http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/id/eprint/2241

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