First record of Kumococius rodericensis (Cuvier, 1829) from West Bengal, North-East coast of India (Teleostei: Platycephalidae)



Spiny whitefin flathead is a minor or less commercially important bycatch trawl landing of India. Although it does not participate in the high commercially important category of landings of the country but has both food and ornamental value. The availability of the species can give an opportunity to utilize it as one of the important marine ornamental fish genetic resource of India. In the present study, the occurrence of Kumococius rodericensis (Cuvier, 1829), is reported from Digha Mohana, North-east coast of India based on three specimens and its detailed morphometric and meristic characteristics are provided.


Occurrence, Spiny whitefin flathead, Morphology, Indian Ocean.

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