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Mathews Plamoottil, Nelson P. Abraham


Taxonomic analysis of three specimens of Macrognathus collected from Manimala River reveals that they present several morphological differences from their congeners. The new species is diagnosed by a combinatio1 of the following characters:  body dirty white without any bands or bars, eyes are closely set, spinous part of dorsal fin originating considerably behind the end of pectoral fin; pre orbital spine absent, 29 irregular blotches present on mid dorsal line from top of operculum to base of caudal.  The new species is described and compared with its relatives.

Keywords: Manimala River, new species, spiny eel, Macrognathus fasciatus.



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