Selar boops   (Cuvier,  1833) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Mya Than Tun

Max. size : 25 cm FL

Color: Blue-green above, silvery to silver-gold below. A dusky spot on edge of operculum. Dorsal, anal and caudal fins with a dusky fringe, and white tips anteriorly to dorsal and anal fins.

Oblong and compressed body with large eyes having adipose eyelid. Diameter of eyes 2.7 to 3.0 times in head length. Upper jaw (maxilla) reaches to midorbit. Lower margin of gill opening with a deep furrow. Teeth are arranged in a single series in both the jaws; preceded by a band anteriorly. 23 gill rakers are present on lower arm of first arch. Two dorsal fins; first dorsal fin with 1 procumbent spine (not always visible) and 8 normal spines; second dorsal fin with 1 spine and 24 or 25 soft rays; dorsal and anal fin bases equal. Anal fin with 2 detached spines, followed by 1 spine and 20 or 21 soft rays. Pectoral fins short and falcate. Lateral line is moderately curved anteriorly and become straight before soft dorsal fin; with 44 to 46 scutes, beginning below origin of soft dorsal fin, largest scute about 4 times i body depth. Breast fully scaled.

Dioecious, external fertilization. Eggs are pelagic.

Synonym (s)
Caranx (Selar) boops Weber and de Beaufor, 1931
Caranx boops Day, 1876
Caranx boops Cuvier, 1833
(Senior synonym)
Caranx freeri Evermann & Seale, 1907
(Junior synonym)
Caranx gervaisi (Cuvier, 1833)
(Senior synonym)

Common Name (s)
• Ox Eye Scad (English)
• Oxeye scad (English)
• Shitap (Marathi)
• Banded Scad
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Fisheries, Marketed fresh or frozen, dried and salted)

Habitat:  Pelagic, Reef Associated
Trophic Level:  Secondary Consumer
Prey:  Zoobenthos, zooplankton, benthic invertebrates, planktonic invertebrates and small fishes


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands (Lat: 12.5) (Long: 92.75) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andamans INDIA
• Orissa, Chilika INDIA
• Tamil Nadu INDIA
• Kerala INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Port Blair INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, North Reef Island INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA

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