Trichiurus savala [Status Unaccepted]   Cuvier,  1829 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 99 cm.

Color: In preserved specimens silvery. Head brownish above. Dorsal and pectorals yellowish, which a rather broad black terminal border, less distinct in small specimens.

Height 14.8-19.8. Head 7.4-10.5. Eye 6.7-10, 2-3.5 in snout, and 1-1.2 in the flat inter orbital spaces. Upper profile of head straight. Maxillary reaching below front border of eye in small specimens, below hind border of eye in large ones. Fangs in both jaws barbed. Tongue smooth. Origin of dorsal above hind border of preopercle. Longest dorsal rays equal to snout. First anal spine well developed, more than half diameter of eye, following spine small but well visible. Origin of anal below 40th-43rd dorsal rays. No ventrals. Pectorals as long as snout or in larger specimens one half diameter of eye longer. The distance between the lateral line and the ventral profile at anus much more than twice in its distance from base of dorsal.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Trichiurus armatus Gray
Trichiurus savala Cuvier and Valenciennes 1831
Trichiurus armatus Gray 1831
Trichiurus savala Cantor 1850
Trichiurus savala Bleeker 1852
Trichiurus savala Bleeker 1860
Trichiurus roelandti Bleeker
Trichiurus savala Gunther 1860
Enchelyopus savala Bleeker 1868
Lepturus savala Bleeker 1878
Trichiurus savala Day 1876
Trichiurus savala Macleay 1881
Trichiurus savala Fowler 1905
Trichiurus savala Vinciguerra 1926
Trichiurus savala Hora 1924
Trichiurus savala Fowler 1936
Trichiurus savala Linnaeus 1936

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Kerala INDIA (Record: 2006)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andamans INDIA (Record: 1951)
• INDIA (Record: 1951)
• Maharashtra, Amba Estuary, Mankule INDIA (Record: 1989-1990)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Great Nicobar Island INDIA (Record: 08/2000-07/2003)
• East Coast INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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