Indian Seabat, Halieutaea indica Annandale & Jenkins 1910

Other Names: Indian Handfish

Indian Handfish, Halieutaea indica. Source: Ho, Hsuan-Ching / FishBase. License: All rights reserved

A pinkish to brownish-yellow seabat with a reddish underside, symmetrical dark reticulations across the upper side, an orange pectoral fin crossed by a narrow white bar, two brown bars on the caudal fin.

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Bray, D.J. 2021, Halieutaea indica in Fishes of Australia, accessed 07 Dec 2022,

Indian Seabat, Halieutaea indica Annandale & Jenkins 1910

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Western Australia and the Northern Territory; also the territories of Cocos (Keeling) Islands and Christmas Island in the eastern Indian Ocean. Elsewhere the species is widespread in the Indo-West Pacific: South Africa, Seychelles and Madagascar east to Philippines and New Guinea, north to southern Japan, south to northern Australia.
Inhabits muddy substrates on continental shelves and upper slopes.


Dorsal fin 4; Anal fin 4; Pectoral fin 13; Pelvic fin I, 5; Caudal fin 9.
Disc distinctly rounded; dorsal surface covered with medium-sized, simple or bifurcated tubercles; ventral surface completely naked or with many scattered granular spinules; teeth on tongue forming two paddle-shaped patches, each with a long inner prolongation.

Species Citation

Halieutaea indica Annandale & Jenkins 1910, Memoirs of the Indian Museum 3(1): 19, Pl. 2 (fig. 4). Type locality: Bay of Bengal, off Orissa coast, India.


Bray, D.J. 2021


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Indian Seabat, Halieutaea indica Annandale & Jenkins 1910


Annandale, N. & Jenkins, J.T. 1910. Report on the fishes taken by the Bengal Fisheries Steamer "Golden Crown." Part III. Plectognathi and Pediculati. Memoirs of the Indian Museum 3(1): 7-21, Pls 1 (figs 2-5), 2 (figs 3-4) See ref at BHL

Bradbury, M.G. 1967. The genera of batfishes (family Ogcocephalidae). Copeia 1967(2): 399-422 figs 1-9

Ho, H. 2020. Halieutaea indica. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2020: e.T140331165A140859587. Downloaded on 25 May 2021.

Ho, H.-C. & Shao, K.-T. 2008. The batfishes (Lophiiformes Ogcocephalidae) of Taiwan, with descriptions of eight new records. Journal of the Fisheries Society of Taiwan 35(4): 289-313.

Larson, H.K., Williams, R.S. & Hammer, M.P. 2013. An annotated checklist of the fishes of the Northern Territory, Australia. Zootaxa 3696(1): 1-293

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37212031

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:20-510 m

Habitat:Muddy areas

Max Size:15 cm TL

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