Animal Species:Clouded Saury, Saurida nebulosa Valenciennes, 1849

The Clouded Saury has many fine, sharp teeth.  The body often several distinct dark blotches crossing the back.

Clouded Saury, Saurida nebulosa

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Standard Common Name

Clouded Saury

Alternative Name/s

Blotched Saury, Clouded Lizardfish, Nebulous Lizardfish

Size range

It grows to about 17 cm in length.

Distribution

The species occurs in tropical waters of the Indo-west-central-Pacific region.

The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Click on the map for detailed information.  Source: Atlas of Living Australia.

Saurida nebulosa

Habitat

It usually inhabits coastal waters on sandy and muddy substrates.

Classification

Species:
nebulosa
Genus:
Saurida
Family:
Synodontidae
Order:
Aulopiformes
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

What does this mean?

References

  1. Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & G.R. Allen. 2006. Fishes. In Beesley, P.L. & A. Wells. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35. ABRS & CSIRO Publishing: Australia. parts 1-3, pages 1-2178.
  2. Russell, B.C., 1999. Synodontidae: lizardfishes (also bombay ducks, sauries). p. 1928-1945. In K.E. Carpenter and V.H. Niem (eds.) FAO species identification guide for fishery purposes. The living marine resources of the Western Central Pacific. Vol. 3. Batoid fishes, chimaeras and bony fishes. Part 1 (Elopidae to Linophrynidae). FAO, Rome. pp. 1397-2068.


Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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Tags Clouded Saury, Saurida nebulosa, Synodontidae, fishes, ichthyology, marine, 10 cm - 30 cm, white, brown, mottled, blotches,