Marine Biodiversity Records

Research Article

First record of Polka-dot ribbonfish Desmodema polystictum (Pisces: Trachipteridae) from Indian waters

P.U. Zachariaa1 c1 and K. Kannana1

a1 Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, PB No.1603, Ernakulam North PO, Cochin-682 018, Kerala, India

Abstract

Polka-dot ribbonfish Desmodema polystictum was recorded for the first time from Indian waters. A single specimen of D. polystictum (107 cm total length and weighing 480 g) was collected from Tharuvaikulam landing centre, north to Tuticorin, on the south-east coast of India during September 2010. The distinguishing characters of the species from other species of the family are discussed. Morphometric and meristic characters of D. polystictum are presented in this paper. With the present report, the distribution area of this species now extends to the Indian waters.

(Received September 06 2011)

(Accepted November 29 2011)

Correspondence:

c1 Correspondence should be addressed to: P.U. Zacharia, Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, PB No.1603, Ernakulam North PO, Cochin-682 018, Kerala, India email: zachariapu@yahoo.com