Pterygotrigla intermedica : New Species Of Marine Fish
The scientists of the Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) have discovered a new species of vibrant orange-colored deep-water marine fish from Digha Mohana in West Bengal.
- Pterygotrigla intermedica is commonly known as gurnards or sea-robins and belongs to the family Triglidae.
- It is the fourth species of Pterygotrigla genus reported in India so far, and there are a total of 178 species of the Triglidae family worldwide.
- The specimens of this fish were found to be very distinct from other gurnad species in various aspects,such as snout length, shape of the internuchal space, and size of the cleithral spine.
- The scientists found a distinct pectoral-fin with black membranes on the inner surface, white posterior margin and three small white spots basally in fin, each ray creamy white on the new species
- It had a combination of characters like a long opercular spine and a very short cleithral spine.
- The lateral line, gill rakers on upper limb and 12–13 on lower limb of first gill arch, and a large black blotch between the 4th and 6th spines of the first dorsal fin.