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Bhubaneshwar, India

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Bhubaneshwar, India
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Mishra S.S.,Marine Fish Section | Biswas S.,Bhabha Atomic Research Center | Russell B.C.,Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory | Satpathy K.K.,Bhabha Atomic Research Center | Selvanayagam M.,Loyola College
Zootaxa | Year: 2013

Scolopsis igcarensis, a new species of monocle bream (family Nemipteridae) from the coastal waters of southern India and Sri Lanka is described. The species is distinguished from other species of the genus Scolopsis by a combination of the following characters: scales on top of head reaching forward to between anterior nostril and snout tip; lower margin of eye below the line from snout tip to upper pectoral fin base; a bony ridge below eye; a white band from behind eye to level of end of dorsal fin base. Copyright © 2013 Magnolia Press.


Biswas S.,Indira Gandhi Center for Atomic Research | Mishra S.S.,Marine Fish Section | Satpathy K.K.,Indira Gandhi Center for Atomic Research | Das N.P.I.,Indira Gandhi Center for Atomic Research | And 2 more authors.
Acta Ichthyologica et Piscatoria | Year: 2012

A specimen of garden eel, Heteroconger tomberua Castle et Randall, 1999, was collected from the traveling water screen of sea water cooling system of the Madras Atomic Power Station (MAPS), Kalpakkam located along the east coast of India. Previously, H. tomberua was recorded in Fiji, Pacific Ocean. The presently reported record greatly extends the fish range to the Indian Ocean and constitutes a new addition to the ichthy-ofauna of India. The described specimen of H. tomberua, with its total length 55.9 cm, seems to be the largest ever found.


Mohanty S.K.,Chilika Development Authority | Mishra S.S.,Marine Fish Section | Khan M.,Chilika Development Authority | Mohanty R.K.,Indian Institute of Water Management ICAR | And 2 more authors.
Check List | Year: 2015

Chilika Lake, an assemblage of marine, brackish and freshwater ecosystems, on the east coast of India is a designated Ramsar site and a biodiversity hotspot. Intensive ichthyofaunal inventories and biodiversity assessments were carried out during 2000–2014 and documented 317 species belonging to 207 genera, in 88 families and 23 orders, including two endemic (Gobiidae) and one exotic cichlid species (Oreochromis mossambicus). In total, 255 collections (178 collections of previously recorded species and 77 that represent newly recorded species) were made during a post-restoration survey accounting for 80.44% retrieval of historically documented species. This paper presents an updated and comprehensive checklist of the lake’s ichthyofauna (1916–2014), which is comprised of 278 food fishes, 271 (85.49%) migratory and 46 (14.51%) are resident species indicating that the lake fishery is largely migratory species-dependent. An account of faunal characteristics for 129 commercially important species is provided. The checklist also documents 48 threatened species and 103 species under different categories of conservation status. © 2015 Check List and Authors.


Mohapatra A.,Marine Aquarium and Regional Center | Ray D.,Bajkul Milani Mahavidyalaya | Smith D.G.,Smithsonian Institution | Mishra S.S.,Marine Fish Section
Zootaxa | Year: 2016

An elongate, brown unpatterned moray eel, Gymnothorax indicus sp. nov., is described based on four specimens collected from the northern Bay of Bengal. The new species is differentiated from other elongate, unpatterned moray eels in having the following combination of characters: anus at about mid-point of body, preanal length 2.0 in total length; snout blunt and short; dorsal fin margin black, 5 mandibular pores; maxillary teeth uniserial, sharp and depressible, total vertebrae 194 (MVF: 9-79-194). Copyright © 2016 Magnolia Press.


Ray D.,West Marine | Mohapatra A.,West Marine | Biswas S.,Bhabha Atomic Research Center | Satpathy K.K.,Bhabha Atomic Research Center | Mishra S.S.,Marine Fish Section
Acta Ichthyologica et Piscatoria | Year: 2015

A little known species of snake eel, Ophichthus lithinus (Jordan et Richardson, 1908), is reported for the first time from the east coast of India, Bay of Bengal based on two specimens 632 and 720 mm in total length, collected respectively at Digha, West Bengal and Kalpakam, Tamil Nadu, India. This is the first attempt to provide a detailed description of the species from the Indian Ocean. The presently reported findings constitute an extension of the known distributional range of this species from the Western Pacific to the eastern coast of India. © 2015, Scientific Society of Szczecin. All rights reserved.


PubMed | Smithsonian Institution, Marine Aquarium and Regional Center, Marine Fish Section and Bajkul Milani Mahavidyalaya
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Zootaxa | Year: 2016

An elongate, brown unpatterned moray eel, Gymnothorax indicus sp. nov., is described based on four specimens collected from the northern Bay of Bengal. The new species is differentiated from other elongate, unpatterned moray eels in having the following combination of characters: anus at about mid-point of body, preanal length 2.0 in total length; snout blunt and short; dorsal fin margin black, 5 mandibular pores; maxillary teeth uniserial, sharp and depressible, total vertebrae 194 (MVF: 9-79-194).


Motomura H.,Kagoshima University | Causse R.,French Natural History Museum | Bearez P.,French Natural History Museum | Mishra S.S.,Marine Fish Section
Zootaxa | Year: 2015

The Indo-West Pacific species, Neomerinthe erostris (Alcock 1896), originally described as Scorpaena erostris, is rede-scribed as a senior synonym of Scorpaena gibbifrons Fowler 1938, N. rotunda Chen 1981, and N. bathyperimensis Zajonz & Klausewitz 2002. Although the latter three nominal species have been regarded as valid species and N. erostris has not been reported since 1898, examinations of type specimens of the four nominal species revealed that they represent a single species. A lectotype of Scorpaena erostris is herein designated. Neomerinthe erostris is characterized by having a distinct longitudinal ridge on the lateral surface of the maxilla and a strongly rounded dorsal profile of the head. Copyright © 2015 Magnolia Press.


The Indo-West Pacific species, Neomerinthe erostris (Alcock 1896), originally described as Scorpaena erostris, is redescribed as a senior synonym of Scorpaena gibbifrons Fowler 1938, N. rotunda Chen 1981, and N. bathyperimensis Zajonz & Klausewitz 2002. Although the latter three nominal species have been regarded as valid species and N. erostris has not been reported since 1898, examinations of type specimens of the four nominal species revealed that they represent a single species. A lectotype of Scorpaena erostris is herein designated. Neomerinthe erostris is characterized by having a distinct longitudinal ridge on the lateral surface of the maxilla and a strongly rounded dorsal profile of the head.


Mohapatra A.,Marine Aquarium and Regional Center | Ray D.,Marine Aquarium and Regional Center | Tudu P.C.,Marine Aquarium and Regional Center | Mishra S.S.,Marine Fish Section
Marine Biodiversity Records | Year: 2014

The occurrence of Monodactylus kottelati is reported for the first time from the Chilika Lagoon extending the range of the species to the east coast of India and providing the first substantiated report of the species from Indian waters. The 79 mm standard length specimen from Chilika Lagoon is described in the present paper. Its affinity and distribution is also discussed. © Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 2014.


Biswas S.,Indira Gandhi Center for Atomic Research | Hussain K.J.,Indira Gandhi Center for Atomic Research | Das N.P.I.,Indira Gandhi Center for Atomic Research | Russell B.C.,Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory | And 2 more authors.
Journal of Fish Biology | Year: 2014

The composition, species richness and diversity of a coastal fish assemblage from the Kalpakkam coast of south-east India are described along with temporal distribution patterns related to seasonal fluctuations in dissolved oxygen, salinity, pH, chlorophyll-a, phytoplankton and zooplankton species richness and density. A total of 244 fish species belonging to 21 orders, 87 families and 163 genera were recorded. The fish assemblage was dominated by reef-associated species, followed by demersal species. The majority of the species (63%) are widely distributed in the western Indo-Pacific as well as in the central Indo-Pacific. Jaccard's coefficient analysis showed three distinct seasonal patterns of fish occurrence: pre-monsoon (PrM), monsoon (M) and post-monsoon (PoM). The maximum number of species was during the PrM period, followed by the PoM and M periods. Species occurrence analysis showed Sardinella longiceps to be dominant during PrM and M periods, Leiognathus dussumieri during the M period and Secutor insidiator and Secutor ruconius during the M and PoM periods. Canonical correspondence analysis indicated that salinity and rainfall were the two most influential environmental factors strongly correlated with temporal variation in the fish assemblage. The physico-chemical conditions, in combination with factors such as greater food availability and shelter, might control the seasonal local distribution of the ichthyofauna in these Indian coastal waters. © 2014 The Fisheries Society of the British Isles.

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