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First record of stargazer snake eel Brachysomophis cirrocheilos (Osteichthyes: Ophichthidae) from India

  • S. Biswas (a1), S.S. Mishra (a2), K.K. Satpathy (a1) and M. Selvanayagam (a3)

Abstract

The present paper reports the first record of occurrence of the stargazer snake eel, Brachysomophis cirrocheilos, from Indian waters. Seven specimens were collected from the cooling water system of the Madras Atomic Power Station located near Kalpakkam, east coast of India, during July 2008. The paper provides a brief description with a photograph of the specimen, discussion on its relation with congeners and distribution.

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Correspondence should be addressed to: K.K. Satpathy, E&ISS, Safety Group, IGCAR, Kalpakkam, Tamil Nadu-603102India email: satpathy@igcar.gov.in

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First record of stargazer snake eel Brachysomophis cirrocheilos (Osteichthyes: Ophichthidae) from India

  • S. Biswas (a1), S.S. Mishra (a2), K.K. Satpathy (a1) and M. Selvanayagam (a3)

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