An occurrence of the rare Sharptail Mola Masturus lanceolatus (Lienard, 1840) (Tetraodontiformes: Molidae), in the coastal waters of Visakhapatnam, India

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Muddula Krishna Naranji
http://orcid.org/0000-0002-5468-8221
Velamala Govinda Rao
http://orcid.org/0000-0002-2752-6040
Devara Venu
http://orcid.org/0000-0002-3609-7911

Abstract

A single specimen of the Sharptail Mola Masturus lanceolatus (Lienard, 1840) (total length 1.39m) was collected from a commercial trawler operated from Visakhapatnam at a depth range of 150–300 m, east coast of India on 12 April 2016.  It was recorded for the first time in Visakhapatnam.  A detailed description, morphometric and meristic characters of the species are provided in this paper

 

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Naranji, M.K., Rao, V.G. and Venu, D. 2016. An occurrence of the rare Sharptail Mola Masturus lanceolatus (Lienard, 1840) (Tetraodontiformes: Molidae), in the coastal waters of Visakhapatnam, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa. 8, 13 (Nov. 2016), 9592–9594. DOI:https://doi.org/10.11609/jott.2790.8.13.9592-9594.
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