An occurrence of the rare Sharptail Mola Masturus lanceolatus (Lienard, 1840) (Tetraodontiformes: Molidae), in the coastal waters of Visakhapatnam, India

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Muddula Krishna Naranji
Velamala Govinda Rao
Devara Venu


A single specimen of the Sharptail Mola Masturus lanceolatus (Lienard, 1840) (total length 1.39m) was collected from a commercial trawler operated from Visakhapatnam at a depth range of 150–300 m, east coast of India on 12 April 2016.  It was recorded for the first time in Visakhapatnam.  A detailed description, morphometric and meristic characters of the species are provided in this paper


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