Liza carinata   (Valenciennes,  1836) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 15-18 cm.

Weight: 7.8 gm.

Color: Greenish grey dorsally, silvery on sides and belly; golden around the eye, end of maxilla black. Dorsal, caudal and pectoral fins with fine black spots on their basal halves.

Body moderately robust, head wide, higher than broad, dorsally flattened; a distinct keel or ridge present in front of first dorsal fin. Head length 28 to 30% of standard length; adipose tissue extending over almost all the iris; lips thin, lower lip with a high symphysial knob; hind end of upper jaw reaching vertical from anterior eye margin. First dorsal fin origin nearer o snout tip than to caudal fin base; second dorsal fin origin at vertical through end of anterior quarter of anal fin base; pectoral axillary scale absent or rudimentary; pectoral fin 66 to 69% of head length; anal fin with 3 spines and 9 soft rays; second dorsal and anal fins lightly scaled anteriorly and along base. Scales in lateral series 35 to 40.

Oviparous, eggs are pelagic and non-adhesive.

Synonym (s)
Liza carinata carinata (Valenciennes, 1836)
Mugil carinatus Valenciennes, 1836

Common Name (s)
• Keeled mullet (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Marketed fresh)

Habitat:  Pelagic, Coastal


• Maharashtra, Mumbai INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Wright, JM; AbouSeedo, F and Clayton, DA (1996) Long term changes in the fish assemblage of Sulaibikhat Bay, Kuwait Kuwait Journal of Science & Engineering 232(1) 47-60 Available at - Zoological Records
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  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Fischer, W and Bianchi, G (Eds.) (1984) FAO species identification sheets for fishery purposes. Western Indian Ocean (Fishing Area 51) FAO, Rome 3 Available at -
  • Fischer, W and Whitehead, PJP (1974) FAO species identification sheets for fishery purposes. Eastern Indian Ocean - Fishing Area 57 and Western Central Pacific - Fishing Area 71 3 Available at -
  • Talwar, PK (1990) Fishes of Andaman and Nicobar Islands: A synoptic survey Journal of the Andaman Science Association Andaman Science Association, Port Blair 6(2) 71-102 Available at - NIO,Goa
  • Pillai, PKM and Augustine, SK (2000) A code list of common marine living resources of the Indian seas CMFRI Special Publication No.12 CMFRI 1-115 Available at -

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