Documenting the first record of the Unicorn leatherjacket filefish Aluterus monoceros (Tetraodontiformes: Monacanthidae) from the marine waters of Odisha coast, Bay of Bengal, India

Tapan Kumar BARIK, Surya Narayan SWAIN, Bijayalaxmi SAHU, Bibarani TRIPATHY, Usha Rani ACHARYA


The unicorn leatherjacket filefish Aluterus monoceros (Linnaeus, 1758) belonging to family Monacanthidae inhabits in the coastal waters of Indo-West pacific, western India to Andaman Sea. For the first time, three specimens of this species were caught in the Odisha coast, Bay of Bengal, India. The morphological characteristics of the collected specimens are given and its geographical distribution have been reviewed based on available literatures.


Monocanthids, Distribution, Indo-Pacific region, Morphology, Taxonomy.

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