Re-occurrence of oilfish in the landings of the south-west coast of India

Naomi, T S and Vinod, K and Geetha, P M and Thomas, V J (2009) Re-occurrence of oilfish in the landings of the south-west coast of India. Marine Fisheries Information Service, Technical and Extension Series (201). pp. 11-12.


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On 29.08.2008, 13 specimens of the oilfish, Ruvettus pretiosus Cocco, 1833 were recorded in the trawl landings along with a heavy catch of around 200 t of Coryphaena sp. at the Cochin fisheries harbour. The biggest specimen was 360 mm in TL with a weight of 260 g. The available literature indicates that a single specimen of R. pretiosus measuring 310 mm in TL and weighing 220 g collected from the continental slope off the Quilon Bank (09004'N lat. 75031'E long.) area during November 1968 is so far the only record from the south-west coast of India, besides the two specimens from Laccadives kept in the repository of the museum of Fisheries department at Kavarathi Island. The flesh of R. pretiosus contains more oil and hence the name oilfish. The only other gempylids recorded from the Cochin area earlier were Neoepinnula orientalis and Rexea prometheoides.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: south-west coast; Laccadives; Coryphaena
Subjects: Demersal Fishes
Marine Fisheries > Fish landing
Divisions: CMFRI-Cochin > Fishery Extension
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Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2010 08:09
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2015 15:26

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