Pomadasys argyreus   (Valenciennes,  1833) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Size: 19-40 cm.

Color: Silvery, darker above, fins yellowish-brown. Young individuals with a large dusky steel-blue blotch on the operculum.

Height 2.4-2.7, 2.8-3.2 in length with caudal. Head 2.6-2.8, 3.2-3.3 in length with caudal. eye 3.2-4.7, 1-1.7 in snout and more than slightly convex inter orbital space. Mouth somewhat oblique, maxillary reaching to below front border of pupil or not so far. Very narrow bands of small pointed teeth in the jaws, those of the outer row enlarged. Scales on head rather large, be ginning before eyes in line connecting posterior nostrils. Scales on preoperculum of unequal size. Hind border of preoperculum slightly concave, with blunt rather distant serrations. Dorsal spines rather slender. First spine half as long as second, which is more than half length of third. Third spine longest, slightly more than eye and snout together. Following spines gradually decreasing in length, the two posterior ones of equal size. First soft dorsal ray as long as 8th or 9th spine, dorsal therefore moderately notched. Soft dorsal slightly rounded. First anal spine length of eye. Second spine longer but not always much stronger than third one, equal to post orbital part of head or somewhat longer. First soft anal ray somewhat longer than third spine, equal to diameter of eye. Soft anal truncate. Pectorals as long as head or slightly shorter. Ventrals with the first ray produced, equal to head without snout. Caudal truncate. Medium-sized fish of moderately deep, compressed body. Predorsal scales very large, beginning between the nostrils. Preoperculum with coarse distant serrations, and scales extending on to flange. Dorsal spines (total): 12-12, Dorsal soft rays (total): 13-14, Anal spines: 3, Anal soft rays: 8.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Pristipoma argyreum Cuvier and Valenciennes, 1833
Pristipoma argyreum Bleeker, 1850
Pristipoma guoraca Cantor, 1805
Pristipoma guoraca Kner, 1865
Pristipoma argyreum Day, 1870
Pristipoma argyreum Bleeker, 1873
Pristipoma guoraca Day, 1888
Pomadasys argyreus Bleeker, 1877
Pomadasys argyreus Jordan and Richardson, 1908
Pristipoma argyreum M. Weber, 1913
Pristipoma argyreum Hase, 1914
Pomadasys guoraka Barnard, 1927
Pomadasis grunniens Fowler, 1931
Pristipoma guoraca Machan, 1930
Pomadasys guoraca Fowler, 1931
Pomadasys grunniens Herre, 1931
Pristipoma argyreum Valenciennes, 1833

Common Name (s)
• Silver Grunter (English)
• Bluecheek Silver Grunter (English)
• Bluecheek Silver Grunt (English)
• Ghothar
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Fisheries, marketed fresh or frozen, also salted)

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Demersal, Muddy, Coastal
Prey:  Bottom living invertebrates and fishes


• Tamil Nadu, Chennai Coast INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Great Nicobar Island INDIA (Record: 08/2000-07/2003)
• Maharashtra, Mumbai INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Gujarat INDIA
• West Bengal (Lat: 21.45) (Long: 87.9) INDIA

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