Metadata

Monopterus roseni

Bailey and Gans 1998

ORDERSUB-ORDERFAMILY
SynbranchiformesSynbranchoideiSynbranchidae

Synonyms

None.

Country

India

Types

Holotype and only known specimen: UMMZ 228131, 176mm TL.

Distribution

Known only from the type locality: a well at Periyam village, northern Kerala State, India (altitude 50m) (10o38’N, 76o22’E). This sits is approximately 100 km north of the type (and only known) locality for Monopterus eapeni.

Habitat

The well is in a flat area surrounded by paddy fields. No details of the real habitat are known as only one specimen was taken from the well. It is likely that the fish inhabits small conduits in a laterite aquifer.

Systematics

Despite the rather short distance between the localities for the two subterranean Monopterus species they appear to be quite different (Bailey and Gans 1998) although it must be noted that both species are known only from single individuals. Until further specimens are available it will not be possible to make sensible statements about their relationships. Britz et al. (2016) state that external similarity to West African Monopterus species suggests that M. roseni might be a member of the ‘Amphipnous group’ within Monopterus.

Conservation Status

[DD:3.1:2011]

(Raghavan, R. and Ali, A. 2011. Monopterus roseni. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2011: http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2011-1.RLTS.T172478A6900390.en. Downloaded on 06 July 2017).

Museum Holdings

As above only.

Key References

Rosen, D. E. and Greenwood, P. H. Journal Article 1976 A fourth neotropical species of synbranchid eel and the phylogeny and systematics of synbranchiform fishes
Mercy, T. V. A. Journal Article 1981 On the unique disposition of the valvula cerebelli in Horaglanis krishnai (Teleostei)
Mercy, T.V.A. Thesis 1981 Biology of the blind catfish of Kerala, Horaglanis krishnai Menon
Mercy, T. V. A. Journal Article 1982 On the presence of a forked barbel in the blind catfish Horaglanis krishnai Menon
Mercy, T. V. A., Padmanabhan, K. G. and Pillai, N. K. Journal Article 1982 Morphological studies on the oocytes of the blind catfish Horaglanis krishnai Menon
Mercy, T. V. A. Journal Article 1983 Studies on the air bladder of blind clariid Horaglanis krishnai Menon
Mercy, T. V. A., Pillai, N. K. and Balasubramonian, N. K. Journal Article 1984 Studies on the oxygen consumption of the blind catfish Horaglanis krishnai
Mercy, T. V. A. and Pillai, N. K. Journal Article 1984/5 The anatomy and histology of the alimentary tract of the blind cat-fish Horaglanis krishnai
Bailey, R. M. and Gans, C. Journal Article 1998 Two new synbranchid fishes, Monopterus roseni from penisular India and M. desilvai from Sri Lanka
Mercy, T.V.A. Book Section 2000 Biology of an endemic blind catfish Horaglanis krishnai Menon
Ponniah, A.G. and Gopalakrishnan, A. Book 2000 Endemic fish diversity of Western Ghats
Mercy, T. V. A. and Pillai, N. K. Journal Article 2001 Studies on the cranial osteology of the blind catfish Horaglanis krishnai menon (Pisces, Clariidae)
Mercy, T. V. A., Pillai, N. K. and Balasubramonian, N. K. Journal Article 2001 Studies on certain aspects of behaviour in the blind catfish Horaglanis krishnia Menon
Gopi, KC Journal Article 2002 A new synbranchid fish, Monopterus digressus from Kerala, peninsular India
Dahanukar, N, Raut, R and Bhat, A Journal Article 2004 Distribution, endemism and threat status of freshwater fishes of the Western Ghats of India
Kurup B.M. Radhakrishnan K.V. and Manojkumar T.G. Conference Paper 2004 Biodiversity status of fishes inhabiting rivers of Kerala (S. India) with special reference to endemism, threats and conservation measures
Gopi, KC Book 2006 Fish Fauna of Kozhikode District, Keraia, South India
Ollier, CD and Sheth, HC Journal Article 2008 The High Deccan duricrusts of India and their significance for the ‘laterite’ issue
Pati, AK and Parganiha, A Book Section 2010 Subterranean fishes of India
Vincent, M and Thomas, J Journal Article 2011 Observations on the foraging behaviour of a subterranean fish Monopterus digressus (Synbranchiformes: Synbranchidae)
Dahanukar, N, Raghavan, R, Ali, A, Abraham, R and Shaji, CP Book Section 2011 Chapter 3. The status and distribution of freshwater fishes of the Western Ghats
Vincent, M Journal Article 2012 Occurence, distribution and troglomorphisms of subterranean fishes of penninsular India
Raghavan, R., Das, K, Nameer, PO, Bijukumar, A and Dahanukar, N Journal Article 2016 Protected area and imperriled endemic freshwater biodiversity in the Westren Ghats hotspot
Britz, R., Doherty-Bone, T.M., Kouete, M.T., Sykes, D. and Gower, D.J. Journal Article 2016 Monopterus luticolus, a new species of swamp eel from Cameroon (Teleostei: Synbranchidae)
Pavan-Kumar, A. Journal Article 2017 Molecular phylogeny of genus Horaglanis (Indian blind catfishes) within Family Clariidae
De Grave, S., Arjun, C.P. and Raghavan, R. Journal Article 2018 The discovery of Euryrhynchidae (Crustacea: Decapoda) in India, with the description of a new genus and species
Mrudula, M., Bijoy Nandan, S. and Harikrishnan, M. Conference Paper 2019 Taxonomic notes on subterranean fish collected from Kerala, India