Kurtus indicus

Kurtus indicus, the Indian humphead, is a species of nurseryfish native to fresh, brackish, and marine waters of the coastal regions of southern Asia from India to southeast China and Indonesia. It resembles the closely related K. gulliveri, but is far smaller, only reaching a length of 12.6 cm (5 in).[1][2] Although it has been suggested that the male carries the egg cluster on a hook protruding from the forehead (as known from K. gulliveri),[1] available evidence strongly suggests this is not the case in K. indicus: Out of several thousand examined, none carried eggs in this manner and the male's hook is likely also too small.[2] The female lacks the hook entirely.[2] It is of minor importance to local commercial fisheries.[1]

Kurtus indicus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Kurtiformes
Family: Kurtidae
Genus: Kurtus
K. indicus
Binomial name
Kurtus indicus
Bloch, 1786


  1. Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2013). "Kurtus indicus" in FishBase. August 2013 version.
  2. Berra, T.B. (2003). Nurseryfish, Kurtus gulliveri (Perciformes: Kurtidae), from northern Australia: redescription, distribution, egg mass, and comparison with K. indicus from southeast Asia. Ichthyol. Explor. Freshwaters 14(4): 295-306.

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