Epigonus thai Prokofiev & Bussarawit, 2012
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Family:  Epigonidae (Deepwater cardinalfishes)
Max. size:  5.92 cm SL (female)
Environment:  pelagic-oceanic; marine; depth range - 313 m
Distribution:  Eastern Indian Ocean: Andaman Sea.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 8-8; Dorsal soft rays (total): 10-10; Anal spines: 2-2; Anal soft rays: 9-9; Vertebrae: 25-25. This species is distinguished by the following set of characters: presence of a strong pectoral spine; last abdominal vertebrae without ribs; toothless tongue; no maxillary mustache-like process; total gill rakers 27; total vertebrae 25 (10+15); pored lateral line scales 44+3; D VII+I,10; pectoral-fin rays 19; pyloric caeca 12 (Ref. 96185). Description: Body slender and laterally compressed. Large head is laterally compressed. Eyes large and round, diameter slightly shorter than postorbital length; Large, terminal mouth with oblique gape.
Biology:  The holotype is female with immature ovaries with numerous pale-colored, spherical eggs (Ref. 96185).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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