Species Factsheet

Saurida undosquamis


Complete name: Saurida undosquamis (Richardson, 1848)
Taxonomy: Osteichthyes » Chordata » Actinopterygii » Aulopiformes » Synodontidae » Saurida undosquamis
Authors: B. S. Galil
Last updated: November 6th, 2006

Common Names

Brushtooth lizardfish.


Saurida argyrophanes (non Richardson, 1846)
Saurida grandisquamis (non Günther, 1864)
Saurida tumbil (non Bloch, 1795)
Saurida undosquamia (Richardson, 1848)
Saurida undosquamis (Richardson, 1848)
Saurus undosquamis Richardson, 1848

Short Description

A marine, mainly piscivorous fish, commonly 15 - 35 cm long (max. 40 cm). The body is brown-beige on the back with a silvery white belly, and a series of 7-10 dark spots along the lateral line. The body is slender and cylindrical; the head is slightly depressed with a large mouth and long jaws terminating behind the eye. Numerous needle-like teeth are visible when the mouth is closed. An adipose fin is present above the anal fin.