Sillago macrolepis   Bleeker,  1859 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Size: 20 cm.

Color: Body is yellowish, darker above, with a diffuse silvery mid lateral stripe. Dorsal fins dusky with a narrow blackish margin. Juveniles with a series of small brown spots, on each side along the back at the base of the dorsal fins, first dot at commencement of spinous dorsal fin, second about middle of spinous dorsal fin, third below fourth dorsal fin ray, fourth below eleventh dorsal-fin ray, and last spot below end of second dorsal fin.

Height 5-5.5 in length, head 3.5-4, acute, its rostro-frontal profile slightly convex, scales on vertex, interorbital space and opercular apparatus cycloid. Eye 3.2-4 in head, inter-orbital space about half its length, slightly shorter than convex snout, which goes 2.35-2.7 in length of head. Mouth small, lower jaw included, upper jaw far distant from anterior nostril. Vertical limb of praeoperculum with an indication only of crenulation, operculum with a small spine. Two series of scales on cheeks. About 17 slender gillrakers on lower limb of anterior arch, half length of eye. Villiform teeth in jaws and on vomer, the outer intermaxillary series slightly enlarged. Between lateral line and anterior dorsal rays 3 1/2-4 series of scales. Dorsals very approximate, the spinous with slender spines, decreasing in length posteriorly, the anterior somewhat higher than soft-rayed dorsal but slightly lower than height of body, soft dorsal slightly emarginate, basally with small interradial scales, anal of similar size, without squamulation. Caudal little emarginate, nearly truncate, with 15 divided rays and nearly equalling head without snout. Pectorals and ventrals of about similar length, the latter with the outer rays with filamentous, prolonged tips, the spine slender. Dorsal spines (total): 12 - 12, Dorsal soft rays (total): 19 - 21, Anal spines: 2, Anal soft rays: 19-21, Vertebrae: 34.

Oviparous, dioecious, external fertilization, non-guarders, open water or substratum egg scatterers.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Sillago macrolepis Meyer, 1885
Sillago macrolepis Evermann and Seale, 1906
Sillago macrolepis de Beaufort, 1913

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial

Habitat:  Demersal



Literature Source(s)
  • Ghosh, AK (1982) Fauna of India and the adjacent countries: Homoptera: Aphidoidea (Lachninae) ZSI 2 167 pp Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at -
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Weber, M; Beaufort, LF (1931) The fishes of the Indo-Australian Archipelago Print times, Pataudi house, Daryaganj, New Delhi 6 448 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • National museum of nature and science Available at -

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