Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India

Volume 1 Issue 2

Eupleurogrammm intermedius (Gray) (Trichiuridae: Pisces) A new record from Indian waters.

James P. S. B. R.

DAY (1876) recorded three* species of Trichiurids viz., Trichiurus haumela (Forskal), Trichiurus savaia Cuvier, and Trichiurus muticus Gray from the Indian Seas and indicated their occurrence in the Indo-Pacific. 
In a preliminary revision of the family Trichiuridae Tucker (1956) adopted the following nomenclatorial changes viz., Trichiurus lepturus Linnaeus, Lepturacanthus savaia (Cuvier) and Eupleurogrammus muticus (Gray) for the above three species respectively. 
In the course of his work on the biology and fishery of Indian Trichiurids, the author obtained representative collections of the different species from various parts of the Indian coast, and is now in a position to say that a fourth species E. intermedius (Gray) (T. intermedius Gray) definitely occurs in our waters. Day has not mentioned the occurrence of this species in our coastal waters. It appears that this species is most common and dominant in the Gulf of Mannar and Palk Bay, while it occurs along with E. muticus further north (Andhra Coast). The occurrence of the other two Indian species T. lepturus and L. savaia is more widespread along our coast and they are often fished along with E. intermedius in the Gulf of Mannar and Palk Bay, while all four are found along the Andhra Coast


Eupleurogrammmus intermedius, new record, India

Date : 08-12-1959