Pellona ditchella   Valenciennes,  1847 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Max. size: 16-18 cm SL

Color: Silvery with a brownish black (in alcohol). Fins hyaline, margin of dorsal and caudal more or less dark.

Belly is usually with 18 or 19 + 8 or 9, total 26 to 28 scutes, strongly keeled. Eye is large, lower jaw projecting and upper jaw with a toothed hypo-maxillary bone between hind tip of pre-maxilla and lower bulge of maxilla blade. Dorsal fin origin near midpoint of body. Scales with upper and lower vertical striae slightly overlapping each other at center of scales. Dorsal spines (total): 0 - 0, Dorsal soft rays (total): 0, Anal spines: 0, Anal soft rays: 34-42.

Synonym (s)
Ilisha hoeveni (Bleeker, 1852)
Ilisha hoevenii (Bleeker, 1852)
Pellona ditchela Valenciennes, 1847
Pellona ditcheli Valenciennes, 1847
Pellona ditchella Valenciennes, 1847
Pellona dithchela Valenciennes, 1847
Pellona hoeveni Bleeker, 1852
Pellona hoevenii Bleeker, 1852
Pellona natalensis Gilchrist & Thompson, 1908

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Marketed fresh and may be dried or salted. Regarded as an excellent bait in the tuna fishery.

Habitat:  Pelagic, Estuarine


• Tamil Nadu, Chennai (Lat: 13.09) (Long: 80.29) INDIA
• INDIA (Record: 1965)
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA (Record: 2003)
• West Bengal (Lat: 21.45) (Long: 87.9) INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Tikader, BK (1982) The fauna of India (spiders: Araneae) ZSI, Calcutta 2(part 1-2) 1-536 Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at -
  • Weber, M; Beaufort, LF (1965) The fishes of the Indo-Australian Archipelago E.J. Brill, Leiden, Holland 2 404 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Marine Biological Station, Chennai, Tamil Nadu (2003) Checklist of marine fauna of Tamil Nadu Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu Available at -
  • Zynudheen, AA; Ninan, G; Sen, A and Badonia, R (2004) Utilization of trawl bycatch in Gujarat (India) NAGA, WorldFish Center Quarterly WorldFish Center 27(3 & 4) 20-23 Available at -
  • Das, P; De, SP; Bhowmik, RM; Pandit, IK; Sengupta, R; Nandi, AC; Thakurta, SC and Saha, S (2007) Piscine diversity of West Bengal Fishing chimes 27(5) 15-28 Available at - NIO, Goa

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