Occurrence of a rare lambridiform fish, Desmodema polystictum (Ogilby, 1898) from Andaman coast of India

Rajeeshkumar, M P ; Sumod, K S ; Rajeev, R ; Aneesh Kumar, K V ; Hashim, M ; Sarvanane, N


The present study reveals the first documented distribution record of Desmodema polystictum (Ogilby, 1898) from the Andaman coast, eastern Indian Ocean. The species is rare in nature and the knowledge regarding the taxonomy, ecology and distribution is still limited. Only few records have been come from the Indian Ocean. The study is based on a single specimen (34 cm total length) collected from the northeastern region of Andaman Islands, India. The present record of D. polystictum from Andaman waters provides greater latitude and depth distribution than previously acknowledged from the Indian Exclusive Economic zone. Along with the comparative morphometric and meristic data from previous reports, description of present specimen as well as distributional information are also provided and discussed.


Andaman coast, Desmodema polystictum, Eastern Indian Ocean, Occurrence, Trachipteridae]


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