First Record of Longspine Grouper, Epinephelus longispinis (Kner, 1864) from Gujarat, North-West Coast of India
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A single specimen of longspine grouper was collected at a depth of 30–40 m by a single day trawler from the waters of Gujarat. The species is considered as ‘least concern’ by IUCN. The fish was examined for key morphometric and meristic characters such as body length and depth, head length, fin lengths, spine and rays counts, lateral line scale count, gill rakers count, shape and distribution pattern of spots on the body. The present study reports the first record of the species from north-west coast of India describing its extension of geographical distribution and addition of one more species to the biodiversity of Gujarat.
KeywordsLongspine grouper North-west coast Morphometrics Marine Gujarat
The authors wish to express their gratitude to the Director, Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), Cochin, India for providing the facilities at the centre and HOD, Demersal Fisheries Division for encouragement and support. The authors are also thankful to Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) for providing the necessary fund to carry out the research work.
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On behalf of all authors, the corresponding author states that there is no conflict of interest.
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