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Rediscovery of Pristolepis marginata Jerdon (Teleostei: Percomorpha: Pristolepididae) after one and a half century

Author Affiliations

  • 1Govt. College, Chavara, Kollam Dt, Kerala, INDIA

Res. J. Animal, Veterinary and Fishery Sci., Volume 1, Issue (7), Pages 16-20, August,24 (2013)


Pristolepis marginata Jerdon has long been placed in synonymy with Pristolepis malabarica Guenther. An examination of the specimens of the P. marginata collected recently from its type locality in Kerala shows however, that it exhibits many valid differences from P. malabarica. Jerdon-s Pristolepis is distinguished from its relative species by having dorsal fin soft rays- 12 ; dorsal spines- XV; anal fin spines- IV; anal fin soft rays- 7- 8; lateral line scales -19-21/12-15; pre orbital with 9 strong teeth; pre opercle angle with 18 serrae; Meristic and morphometric characters are analyzed well based on the topotypic materials.


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