Megalaspis cordyla   (Linnaeus,  1758) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 30-80 cm.

Max. published weight: 4,000 g

Color: Bluish green above and silvery white on the flanks and on the underside. A distinct black spot is present on the posterior edge of the operculum. The dorsal, pectoral and caudal fins are dusky grey, sometimes becoming yellowish.

As name implies, it is torpedo-shaped and body is elongate, slightly compressed and fusiform. Body depth about 1/4th of standard length. Teeth are villiform and are arranged in a single row. A deep mid-body region divides the fish into a head region with a pointed snout on one side and a posterior region which tapers to a thin but strong caudal peduncle on the other side. The lateral line is strongly curved anteriorly becoming straight under the 6th or 7th dorsal spine. Fins are well developed and included two dorsal fins separated by a narrow space. The first dorsal fin has 8 spines and the second one has 1 spine and 18-20 soft rays. The last 7-9 dorsal rays are in the form of finlets. The anal fin has 2detached spines followed by 9 single spines and 16-17 soft rays. The last 8-10 rays are modified into finlets. Caudal fin is forked. Its lobes are equal. Scales are small and lateral line is strongly curved anteriorly and than becomes straight under 6th dorsal spine. It has nearly 52 well developed scutes. The height of the largest scute is about twice of the eye diameter.

Synonym (s)
Caranx rottleri (Bloch, 1793)
(Junior synonym)
Citula plumbea Quoy & Gaimard, 1825
(Junior synonym)
Megalaspis cordyla (Linnaeus, 1758)
(Senior synonym)
Scomber cordyla Linnaeus, 1758
(Senior synonym)
Scomber rottleri Bloch, 1793
(Junior synonym)
Caranx rottleri Day, 1878
Megalaspis cordyla Weber de Beaufort, 1931
Scomber rottleri Shaw, 1803
Caranx rottleri Ruppell, 1830
Caranx rotleri Cuvier and Valenciennes, 1833
Trachurus rotleri Bleeker, 1845
Caranx rottleri Cantor, 1850
Megalaspis rottleri Bleeker, 1852
Caranx rottleri Gunther, 1860
Caranx rottleri Kner, 1867
Caranx (Pleiopterus) besselii L. Agassiz, 1874
Caranx rottleri Gunther, 1876
Megalaspis rottleri Klunzinger, 1884
Megalaspis cordyla Jordan and Evermann, 1902
Megalaspis cordyla Fowler, 1905
Megalaspis cordyla Evermann and Seale, 1906
Megalaspis cordyla Seale and Bean, 1908
Megalaspis cordyla McCulloch, 1915
Megalaspis cordyla Barnard, 1927
Megalaspis cordyla Whitley, 1929
Megalaspis cordyla Fowler, 1928
Magalaspis cordyla (Linnaeus, 1758)
Megalapsis cordyla (Linnaeus, 1758)

Common Name (s)
• Torpedo Trevally (English)
• Hardtail Scad (English)
• Hard Tail Scad (English)
• Horse Mackerel (English)
• King Fish (English)
• Russell's Scad (English)
• Torpedo Scad (English)
• Bangada (Gujarati)
• Chapri (Gujarati)
• Kati Bangada (Gujarati)
• Khadwo (Gujarati)
• Pira Bangada (Gujarati)
• Gondiu (Kannada)
• Gondlu (Kannada)
• Chamban (Malayalam)
• Kana Meen (Malayalam)
• Kanameen (Malayalam)
• Para (Malayalam)
• Bangada (Marathi)
• Karkata (Marathi)
• Kati Bangada (Marathi)
• Pilla Bangada (Marathi)
• Kilisai (Tamil)
• Komara Parah (Tamil)
• Komaraparai (Tamil)
• Para (Tamil)
• Parai (Tamil)
• Pulli Parai (Tamil)
• Semaparai (Tamil)
• Thenga Parai (Tamil)
• Vennai Parai (Tamil)
• Manjal Parai (Telugu)
• Para (Telugu)
• Pulli Parai (Telugu)
• Sora Parah (Telugu)
• Vanagara
• Torpedo Trevelly (English)
• Chapri
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Fisheries, marketed fresh)

Habitat:  Pelagic, Reef Associated, Estuarine, Coastal
Trophic Level:  Tertiary Consumer
Prey:  Crab larvae, mantis shrimp, krill and juvenile fishes, Post-larval fishes, young prawns and other crustaceans
Predator:  Bony fish (Otolithes cuvieri), Shark/rays (Carcharhinus tilstoni)


• West Bengal, Kiagoria INDIA (Record: 1981-1982)
• Goa, Aguada Bay INDIA
• Gulf of Oman
• Maharashtra, Jaigad INDIA
• Orissa, Chilika Lake INDIA
• Bay of Bengal INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Kerala INDIA
• Orissa, Chilika INDIA
• Bay of Bengal (Lat: 20.41) (Long: 85.25) INDIA (Record: 02/1985-06/1987) (Depth: 115 mts)
• Kerala, Off Kochi INDIA (Record: 03/1954-07/1955)
• West Bengal, Digha Ghole (Lat: 21.61) (Long: 87.53) INDIA (Record: 1981-1982)
• Maharashtra, Kila Bander INDIA
• Orissa INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh INDIA
• Orissa, Puri INDIA (Record: 1987-2006)
• Andhra Pradesh, Vishakhapatnam INDIA
• Orissa, Dhamra Estuary INDIA
• Kerala, Calicut INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Dhanushkodi INDIA
• Off South West Coast INDIA (Record: 01/1962-12/1968) (Depth: 10-75 mts)
• Kerala, Off Calicut INDIA (Record: 1948-1953) (Depth: 3.65-14.63 mts)
• Kerala, Vizhinjam INDIA
• Kerala, Kochi INDIA
• Gujarat INDIA
• Maharashtra, Mumbai Coast INDIA
• West Bengal (Lat: 21.45) (Long: 87.9) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands (Lat: 13.75) (Long: 94.25) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands (Lat: 6.75) (Long: 92.16) INDIA

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