Cat-eLog Right Arrow Plotosidae Right Arrow Plotosus

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Scientific Name Plotosus canius  Hamilton, 1822
Common Name Grå Koralmalle (Denmark)
Type Locality Southern Bengal, India.
Synonym(s) Plotosus horridus, Plotosus multiradiatus, Plotosus unicolor, Potosus viviparus
Pronunciation Ploh toe suss
Etymology The generic name comes from the Greek plotos, meaning swimming. 
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Size 1500mm or 59.1" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification A plain dusky-brown species with a black dorsal fin tip. Shows banded pattern at night. Distinguished from adult Plotosus lineatus by its long barbels on the nostrils that can reach pass the eyes.
General Remarks Spines associated with anterior fins have potent venom.
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Distribution Indo-West Pacific: west and south coasts of India and off Sri Lanka eastward along the coasts of Bangladesh and Myanmar, through the Indo-Australian Archipelago and the Philippines as far as Papua New Guinea.
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IUCN Red List Category Not Evaluated
Other Parameters At brackish water to marine species.
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Breeding Unreported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference An account of the fishes found in the river Ganges, pp 142, 374, Pl. 15 (fig. 44).
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Last Update 2019 Oct 05 03:30 (species record created: 2004 Oct 05 00:00)