First record of an armoured sea robin from Bay of Bengal

Satyrichthys laticeps

Phylum: Chordata Haeckel, 1874

Class: Actinopterygii Klein, 1885

Order:  Scorpaeniformes Green wood et al. 1966

Family: Peristediidae Jordan and Hubbs, 1925

Genus: Satyrichthys Kaup, 1873

Satyrichthys laticeps (Schlegel, 1852)

Collection: Bay of Bengal, latitude 20⁰.16′ N, longitude 87⁰.28′ E, 200 m, October 2011.

Voucher No.: CMLRE 291 07 03

Description: Species of Satyrichthys with four (rarely three or five) lip and 2–5 chin barbels; antrose spines present on upper lateral bony plates of caudal peduncle; parietal bones unequal in size on midline; no dusky spots on dorsal fin. Color in fresh- Head and body in fresh specimen have uniform red color; ventral surface pale red. All the fins are reddish including the barbels.


Distribution: Japan, Taiwan, East China Sea, Sulu Sea, South China Sea, Andaman Sea, Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, , Saya de Malha Bank, off Indian coast of southern Africa, in depth of 58–300 m.

Distribution map:

Map showing locations of previous records (circle) and present record from Indian waters (square) of Satyrichthys laticeps

Identified by: Rajeesh Kumar M P

Publication: Rajeesh Kumar M. P, Vinu Jacob, Sumod K. S. Hashim M., Sanjeevan V. N., Sudhakar M. (2016) Fishes of the family Peristediidae (Pisces: Scorpaeniformes) from Indian waters with four new records. South Indian Journal of Biological Sciences 2.4 (2016): 404-414.

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