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

Clouded Saury, Saurida nebulosa
Photographer: Matt Dowse © Matt Dowse

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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