Microichthys sanzoi

Author: Spartà, 1950

Microichthys sanzoi Spartà, 1950

Status in World Register of Marine Species:
Accepted name: Microichthys sanzoi Sparta, 1950 (updated 2009-06-25)

Diagnosis: Dl VI; D2 I + 9; A II + 9; P 20; V I + 5, reaching the anal fin. Scales much longer than high. Colour: about 20 transverse black lines on sides; chromatophores very numerous on caudal peduncle; soft dorsal and anal fins distally dark; pelvic fins black. Size: to 5-6 cm SL.

Habitat: probably pelagic. Food: no data. Reproduction: no data.

Distribution: known only from the Strait of Messina (Sicily).

Note. After the type (now lost), only a single specimen of this recently validated species has been studied. The body appears to be more elongate than in M. coccoi, the eye is smaller and the opercular spine is shorter.

Eggs., larvae and young stages. No data.
Otoliths (sagitta). No data.