Bleekeria murtii, Murty's sandlance

Bleekeria murtii Joshi, Zacharia & Kanthan, 2012

Murty's sandlance
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Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes/Uranoscopoidei (Sand dwellers) > Ammodytidae (Sand lances)
Etymology: Bleekeria: He researched the fishes from India and Malaysia, 1862-1878 (Ref. 45335);  murtii: Named for Dr. V. Sriramachandra Murty, a well known taxonomist and former Head, Demersal Fisheries Division, Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Kochi, India.

Issue
Status uncertain (valid or synonym of Bleekeria kallolepis) until a detailed study involving the type specimens of B. murtii, the holotype of B. kallolepis, and fresh specimens from the type localities is carried out (P. Psomadakis ers. Comm, 07/2021).

Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range Ecology

Marine; benthopelagic; depth range 20 - 50 m (Ref. 93118), usually - m (Ref. ).   Tropical; 0°C -

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Eastern Indian Ocean: India.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 16.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 122106); max. published weight: 17.90 g (Ref. 122106)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal soft rays (total): 34-49; Anal soft rays: 12 - 16; Vertebrae: 56 - 75. This torpedo-shaped species is distinguished by the following characters: lower jaw protruding than upper jaw; D 34-49; A 12-16; total vertebrae 56-75; lateral line scales 80-108; pelvic fins absent; no scales from a medium band anterior to the dorsal fin and from the musculature at the base of caudal fin; longer head length, shallower body width and different colour pattern compared to its congeners (Ref. 93118).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Found over sandy bottoms; form schools and protect themselves from their predators (tuna Euthynnus affinis and carangids) by burrowing (Ref. 93118).

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Joshi, K.K., P.U. Zacharia and P. Kanthan, 2012. Description of a new sand lance species, Bleekeria murtii (Perciformes: Ammodytidae) from India. Indian Journal of Fisheries 59(2):101-107. (Ref. 93118)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 124695)


CITES

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless





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Estimates based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = No PD50 data   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00302 (0.00167 - 0.00545), b=3.08 (2.92 - 3.24), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this species & (Sub)family-body (Ref. 93245).
Trophic level (Ref. 69278):  3.2   ±0.4 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179):  High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .