First record of armoured sea robin from Andaman Sea

Scalicus orientalis

Phylum: Chordata Haeckel, 1874

Class: Actinopterygii Klein, 1885

Order: Scorpaeniformes Green wood et al. 1966

Family: Peristediidae Jordan and Hubbs, 1925

Genus: Scalicus Jordan, 1923

Scalicus orientalis (Fowler, 1938)

Collection: Andaman Sea (7⁰ 6′ N, 93⁰ 3′ E), 388-402 m, December 2011.

Voucher No.: CMLRE 2929024

Description: Two little long, broad, isosceles-triangular rostral projections; six lip barbels, longest filamentous barbel (with blackish flaps) reaches beyond the anus. Three barbels on chin; antrose spines on upper lateral bony plates of caudal peduncle. Head and body uniform red color. Ventral surface pale red, spinous dorsal, distal half of longest barbel blackish.

Distribution: Andaman Sea, Philippines, Tosa Bay, East China Sea and Indonesia in 350-500 m depths.

Distribution map:

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

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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