Bleekeria kallolepis Günther, 1862
Yellow-striped sandlance
photo by Akhilesh et al.

Family:  Ammodytidae (Sand lances)
Max. size:  15 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; marine; depth range 40 - 80 m
Distribution:  Eastern Indian Ocean: India.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal soft rays (total): 40-40; Anal soft rays: 15-16. This species is distinguished by the following characters: D 40; A 15-16; pectoral fin rays 13-14; no pelvic fins; lateral line 98-105, gill rakers 6 + 1 + 19-20 = 26-27; branchiostegal rays 7; body depth at dorsal origin 11.1%-11.8%SL; head length 4.6-4.8 in SL; eyes large, eye diameter 3.35%-4.4%SL; 3-4 broken, discontinuous yellow stripes on body (Ref. 124631).
Biology:  This species is reported to be regularly caught by trawlers operating within 80 m depth (mostly within 40 m) along the east coast of India and is locally marketed for domestic consumption (Ref. 124631).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (130435)
Threat to humans:  harmless

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