Acanthocybium solandri   (Cuvier,  1832) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Size : 150-250 cm.

Max. published weight: 83.0 kg

Color: The back is iridescent bluish green; the sides silvery with 24 to 30 cobalt blue vertical bars which extend to below the lateral line. Dark grey with faint traces of ventral bands.

Body shape elongate. Mouth large with strong, triangular, compressed and finely serrate teeth. Snout about as long as the rest of head. Posterior part of maxilla completely concealed under preorbital bone. Gill rakers absent. Interpelvic process small and bifid. Swim bladder present. Body covered with small scales. No anterior corselet developed. Height about 7 in total length. Head 6.6 in total length. Eye about 6 in snout. Snout about 1.3 in head. Lower jaw some waht longer than upper jaw. About 50 triangular, slightly serrated teeth in each jaw. Bands of villi form teeth on vomer and palatines. Cleft of mouth extending to below eye. Posterior part of maxillary covered by pre-orbital. Lateral line arched in anterior part, straight behind 17th dorsal spine. Scales very small. Pectorals reaching to below 10th dorsal spine. Dorsal spines (total): 23 - 27; Dorsal soft rays (total): 12 - 16; Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 12 - 14; Vertebrae: 62 - 64

Dioecious, external fertilization, nonguarders, open water/substratum egg scatterers. Spawning seems to extend over a long period; fish in different maturity stages are frequently caught at the same time.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Cybium solandri Cuvier and Valenciennes, 1831
Cybium solandri Gunther, 1876
Acanthocybium solandri Boulenger, 1897
Acanthocybium solandri Jenkins, 1904
Acanthocybium solandri Jordan and Evermann, 1905
Acanthocybium sara Jordan and Starks, 1917
Acanthocybium solandri Kishinouye, 1923
Acanthocybium solandri E. K. Jordan, 1925
Acanthocybium solandri Fowler, 1928
Acanthocybium solandri Hardenberg, 1934
Acanthocybium solandri Fowler, 1938
Acanthocybium forbesi Seale, 1912
(Junior synonym)
Acanthocybium petus (Poey, 1860)
(Junior synonym)
Acanthocybium sara (Lay & Bennett, 1839)
(Junior synonym)
Cybium petus Poey, 1860
(Junior synonym)
Cybium sara Lay & Bennett, 1839
(Junior synonym)
Cybium solandri Cuvier, 1832
(Senior synonym)
Cybium verany Doderlein, 1872
(Junior synonym)
Scomber amarui Curtiss, 1938
(Junior synonym)
Acanthocybium solanderi (Cuvier, 1832)
Acanthocybrium solandri (Cuvier, 1832)
Acanthoscybium solanderi (Cuvier, 1832)
Acantocybium solandri (Cuvier, 1832)

Common Name (s)
• Wahoo (English)
• Ayakkura (Malayalam)
• Oria Neemeen (Malayalam)
• Oriameen (Malayalam)
• Digumas
• Wachoo (English)
• Savaran
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial, Dangers
(Fisheries, game fish
Causes ciguatera poisoning)

Habitat:  Pelagic, Reef Associated
Trophic Level:  Tertiary Consumer
Prey:  Zoobenthos, finfish, bony fish, cephalopods, benthic algae/weeds, other plants
Predator:  Carcharhinus albimarginatus


• Andhra Pradesh, Vishakhapatnam INDIA (Record: 2004-2006)
• Lakshadweep, Agatti INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA
• Kerala, Vizhinjam INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Arabian Sea (Lat: 9.98) (Long: 70) INDIA (Record: 02/1985-06/1987) (Depth: 40-400 mts)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Agatti INDIA (Record: 01/1987-04/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Andrott INDIA (Record: 01/1987-04/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Bitra INDIA (Record: 01/1987-04/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Kalpeni INDIA (Record: 01/1987-04/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA (Record: 01/1987-04/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA (Record: 01/1987-04/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy Island (Lat: 8.11) (Long: 73.3) 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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