Bathyclupea hoskynii Alcock, 1891
Indian deepsea herring
photo by Mullasseri, S.

Family:  Bathyclupeidae (Deepsea herring)
Max. size:  18 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  pelagic-oceanic; marine; depth range 330 - 550 m
Distribution:  Indian Ocean: Arabian-Bengal province..
Diagnosis:  This species is distinguished by the following characters: head length (2.8) 2.9-3.1 times in SL; maximum body height 27.8-33.3% SL, usually more than 29%; preanal length 39.8-48.0% SL (usuially less than 45%); anal fin with 30-33 (usually 32-33) rays; developed gill rakers on first arch 27-30, the longest gill rakers 11.9-15.1% of head length; denticles on ventral branches of praeoperculum somewhat weaker than in two other species; 5 (very rarely 4) axonosts of anal fin before first hemapophysis; edges of pectoral fins distinctly blackish (Ref. 122568).
Biology:  Needs better reference. Andaman Sea, 11°31'40"N, 92°46'40"E, Investigator station 115, 188-220 fathoms.
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Froese, Rainer - 15.10.98
Modified by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 04.08.20

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