First Record of the Longfin Gaper, Champsodon Longipinnis Matsubara and Amaoka, 1964 (Family: Champsodontidae) Along Indian Coast
Four specimens of the longfin gaper, Champsodon longipinnis, were caught by commercial trawlers off Gopalpur, Odisha coast and landed at Visakhapatnam fishing harbor on 23rd December 2014. The morphometric and meristic characters of the recorded specimens are described and discussed. This is the first occurrence of the species from Indian waters, exhibiting an extension in distribution within the Indian Ocean.
KeywordsCrocodile tooth fishes Odisha Visakhapatanm and Distribution
The authors are grateful to the Director of Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Kochi for his encouragement and support. The authors are greatly indebted to Dr Subhadeep Gosh, Scientist-In-Charge, Visakhapatnam Regional Centre of Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, for his support and critically reviewing the manuscript. The authors also thank to Dr. Donna Nemeth, Professor, College of Science and Mathematics, University of the Virgin Islands for sending species identification key characters required for confirming the species.
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