Carangoides caeruleopinnatus   (Ruppell,  1830) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Mya Than Tun

Max. size: 45 cm

Color: Bluish green above and silvery below with an overall mother of pearl sheen to it. A black spot occurs on the operculum. 6 vertical dark bands present in young specimens but fade with age. Tips of dorsal, anal and caudal fin lobes dusky; pectoral fins pale; pelvic fins dusky in juveniles, pale in adults.

Body is compressed, ovate in young becoming subovate in adults; nape becoming increasingly elevated with age. Upper jaw reaching to middle of eye. Teeth in jaws in villiform bands, the outer row somewhat enlarged. Gill rakers 17 or 18 on lower arm of first arch. The lateral line is arched above the pectoral fin, becoming straight posteriorly with the arched part being longer than the straight part; 16 to 23 feeble scutes on lateral line. The fins include two separate dorsal fins. The first comprises 1 procumbent spine and 6-8 normal spines whereas the second dorsal fin has 1 spine and 20-23 rays. The anal fin has 2 detached spines and 16 to 20 soft rays. The pectoral fins are falcate and very long while the caudal fin is forked. Scales on body small; breast naked in a triangular area from opposite inner ray of pelvic fins, when depressed, to base of pectoral fin.

Synonym (s)
Caranx caeruleopinnatus Ruppell, 1830
Carangoides coeruleopinnatus Sreenivasan, 1975

Common Name (s)
• Bluefin Kingfish (English)
• Coastal Trevally (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Marketed fresh or frozen, dried and salted)

Habitat:  Coastal
Prey:  Mamtis shrimp, squids


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands (Lat: 12.53) (Long: 92.82) INDIA
• West Bengal, Digha Coast (Lat: 21.61) (Long: 87.53) INDIA
• Persian Gulf
• Gulf of Oman
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Southwest Coast INDIA
• Red Sea
• 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

Literature Source(s)
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