Description of trigger fishes (family: Balistidae) and file fishes (family: Monacanthidae) from Visakhapatnam coast of India with an account on first record of Paramonacanthus pusillus (Ruppell, 1828) from Indian


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  • P. Padmavathi Department of Marine Living Resources, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam - 530 003, Andhra Pradesh, India
  • K. Sujatha Department of Marine Living Resources, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam - 530 003, Andhra Pradesh, India
  • V. A. Iswarya Deepti Department of Marine Living Resources, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam - 530 003, Andhra Pradesh, India

https://doi.org/10.21077/ijf.2017.64.special-issue.76241-16

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The present paper provides a record of species of fishes of the two families Balistidae (Trigger fishes) and Monacanthidae. (file fishes) under Tetradontiformes. Trigger fishes are generally edible, except for some large specimens that are toxic as there were occasions where eating the flesh of these fishes had led to most virulent poisoning. In spite of abundance of file fishes in Indian waters, these species have been inadequately described. Balistidae was represented by seven species belonging to five genera : Abalistes, Balistes, Balistoides, Canthidermis, Odonus and Sufflamen and Monacanthidae by six species belonging to three genera Aluterus, Lalmohania and Paramonacanthus, in the catches of Visakhapatnam coastal waters. Of these Paramonacanthus pusillus (Ruppell, 1828) forms the first record from Indian waters, while Canthidermis maculata (Bloch, 1786),, Paramonacanthus japonicus (Tilesius, 1865) and Paramonacanthus choirocephalus (Bleeker, 1852) were recorded for the first time from Visakhapatnam, north of Chennai.

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2017-12-04

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2018-03-14

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Padmavathi, P., Sujatha, K., & Deepti, V. A. I. (2018). Description of trigger fishes (family: Balistidae) and file fishes (family: Monacanthidae) from Visakhapatnam coast of India with an account on first record of Paramonacanthus pusillus (Ruppell, 1828) from Indian. Indian Journal of Fisheries, 64. https://doi.org/10.21077/ijf.2017.64.special-issue.76241-16