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Synodus nigrotaeniatus  Allen, Erdmann & Peristiwady, 2017

Blackstripe lizardfish
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Aulopiformes (Grinners) > Synodontidae (Lizardfishes) > Synodontinae
Etymology: Synodus: Greek, syn, symphysis = grown together + Greek, odous = teeth (Ref. 45335);  nigrotaeniatus: Named for the diagnostic marking on the side of the body.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; pelagic-neritic; depth range 10 - 30 m (Ref. 114926).   Tropical, preferred ?

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Western Pacific: Indonesia..

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 23.4 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 114926)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 11-12; Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 12 - 14; Vertebrae: 48 - 49. This species is distinguished by the following characters: D 11-12 (usually 12); A 12-14; pectoral-fin rays 11; lateral-line scales 47-49; total vertebrae 48-49; its snout length is much greater than eye diameter, 6.0-7.1% SL or 21.6-22.6% HL; interorbital space 3.8-4.9, mean 4.4% SL; anal-fin base 18.0-19.4% SL; presence of a deep suborbital pore with prominent surrounding fimbriae extending upwards along the rear margin of the eye; rudimentary adipose fin scarcely visible without magnification; coloration of preserved and alive fish is mottled brown on back and whitish ventrally, separated by a prominent dark-brown to blackish mid-lateral stripe (Ref. 114926).

This species differs further from sageneus with the brown mottling on the back being denser in the latter and the pattern of brown bars across the lips is more prominent (Ref. 114926).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

This species is found on sandy bottoms and sometimes seen with only the snout and eyes protruding above the substrate. Like other synodontids, it is a 'lie-and-wait' predator, it relies on its camouflage, hiding under the sand to wait for approaching small fishes (Ref. 114926).

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Allen, G.R., M.V. Erdmann and T. Peristiwady, 2017. Synodus nigrotaeniatus, a new species of lizardfish (Aulopiformes: Synodontidae) from Indonesia. J. Ocean Sci. Found. 26:59-67. (Ref. 114926)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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