Ecology, Environment and Conservation Paper

Vol 23, Issue 1, 2017; Page No.(279-282)

A TAXONOMIC NOTE ON CEPHALOPSETTA VENTROCELLATUS (DUTT & RAO 1965) (FAMILY: PARALICHTHYIDAE, ORDER: PLEURONECTIFORMES) FROM NORTH-WEST COAST OF INDIA

Shashi Bhushan, Vikas and A. K. Jaiswar

Abstract

Cephalopsetta ventrocellatus is the only species under genus Cephalopsetta reported from India to Gulf of Oman and Andaman Sea. In India, the species is reported from both, the east and west coasts. For the first time, the species was described by Dutt and Rao in 1965 from Visakhapatnam, India. They named it as Cephalopsetta ventrocellatus based on large spot (ocellus) on pelvic fin. In the present communication, a specimen with two distinct ocelli collected from Veraval, Gujarat coast of India, is described.

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