Carangoides hedlandensis   (Whitley,  1934) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Max. size: 35 cm

Color: Body greenish blue above, silvery white below; 6 vertical bands on body, conspicuous in young, obscure in adults. First dorsal fin dusky; filamentous soft rays black, rest of soft dorsal fin yellow; pectoral and anal fins silvery; caudal fin yellowish green, dusky at tips; pectoral fin axil dusky. A black opercular spot present.

Body strongly compressed and very deep; head profile extremely steep, with a distinct break in the profile in the interorbital region. Upper jaw (maxilla) extending to below middle of eye. Teeth in jaws in narrow villiform bands. Gill rakers on first arch 6 to 11 + 14 to 17 (total 20 to 27). Two dorsal fins; first dorsal fin with 1 procumbent spine (partially embedded in skin) and 8 normal spines; second dorsal fin with 1 spine and 20 to 22 soft rays. Anal fin with 2 detached spines, followed by 1 spine and 16 to 18 soft rays; anterior soft rays of dorsal and anal fins strongly elevated and produced. Pectoral fins falcate. Scales small; breast naked, the naked area extending upto the pectoral fin base, but not above it, the hind margin area with a forward arch extending up to a little behind base of pelvic fin. Lateral line anteriorly with a moderate regular arch, joins lateral line straight below 13th or 14th soft dorsal ray; 17 to 29 feeble scutes on straight portion.

Synonym (s)
Carangoides hedlandensis (Whitley, 1934)
(Senior synonym)
Caranx hedlandensis (Whitley, 1934)
(Senior synonym)
Olistus hedlandensis Whitley, 1934
(Senior synonym)
Carangoides uii Sreenivasan (nec Wakiya), 1978
Carangoides hedlandensis Williams, Heemstra and Shameem, 1980

Common Name (s)
• Bumpnose Trevally (English)
• Onion Kingfish (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Fisheries, gamefish; marketed fresh or frozen, dried and salted)

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Demersal, Coastal
Prey:  Small fishes and crustaceans


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands (Lat: 12.53) (Long: 92.82) INDIA
• West Bengal, Digha Coast (Lat: 21.61) (Long: 87.53) INDIA
• Kerala, Ponnani Estuary INDIA (Record: 03/1997-02/1999)
• Kerala, Vizhinjam INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Colachel INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh, Visakhapatnam INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands (Lat: 13.75) (Long: 94.25) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands (Lat: 6.75) (Long: 92.16) INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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