Mugil vaigiensis   Quoy & Gaimard  1824 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Size: 40 cm.

Color: Dorsal part dark green, ventrally lighter, the belly silvery. Generally 3rd-8th row of scales with a longitudinal brownish spot, causing 6 longitudinal bands of which the 2nd-5th are broadest and most conspicuous . Margin of fins dusky. Pectorals blackish, entirely black in immature specimens (melanochir).

Rather stout. Rostro-dorsal profile nearly straight, from neck to snout more or less convex. Height slightly less than length of head, which is contained more than 4 to more than 5 times in total length. Head broad and flat above. Eyes without gelatinous eyelid, 4 to nearly 5 times in head. Interorbital space nearly flat, about twice the diameter of the eye. Snout obtuse, broad, strongly depressed, in young specimens shorter, in adult longer than eye. Praeorbital slightly emarginate, its inferior margin conspicuously denticulated, only end of maxillary visible at angle of mouth when mouth is colsed. Lips thin, smooth. Origin of first dorsal nearer to base of caudal than to end of snout, separated by 15 to 16 praedorsal scales from end of snout, opposite to 7th or 8th lateral scale. Dorsal spines rather strong, heteracanth, about equal to postorbital part of head, lower than second dorsal. Origin of second dorsal opposite to 17th or 18th lateral scale, behind that of anal which is opposite to 15th scale. Both fins are scaly. Caudal truncate or nearly so. Pectorals much shorter than head, reaching to first dorsal or not so far, wanting an axillary scale. Ventrals about half length of that fin. Least height of caudal peduncle more than its length and twice or less in length of head. Symphysial knob nearly conical, not divided.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Mugil macrolepidotus Ruppell 1828
Mugil melanochir Cuvier and Valenciennes
Mugil macrolepidotus Bleeker 1845
Mugil melanochir Bleeker 1849
Mugil macrolepidotus Cantor 1850
Mugil melanochir Bleeker 1852
Mugil Rossii Bleeker 1854
Mugil vaigiensis Bleeker 1859
Mugil Rossii Bleeker
Mugil vaigiensis Bleeker 1860
Mugil waigiensis Gunther 1861
Mugil Waigiensis Day 1865
Mugil waigiensis Kner 1867
Mugil waigiensis Klunzinger 1870
Mugil Waigiensis Day 1888
Mugil waigiensis Gunther 1881
Mugil Waigiensis Sauvage 1891
Mugil waigiensis Seale 1901
Liza waigiensis Seale 1906
Mugil vaigiensis de Beaufort 1913
Mugil Rossii Max Weber 1913
Mugil waigiensis Mc Culloch 1919
Mugil macrolepidotus Cuvier and Valenciennes 1836

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Orissa, Chilika Lake (Lat: 19.77) (Long: 85.33) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman INDIA (Record: 1922)

Literature Source(s)
  • Abbaasi, SA (1997) Wetlands of India-Ecology and Threats Discovery Publishing House,New Delhi II 1-182 Available at - NIO, RC Kochi
  • Suppa, M; Suebsin, S; Suri, V and Songsirikul, T (1997) Checklist of fishes in Thailand Office of Environmental Policy and Planning 1-353 Available at - CMFRI, Kochi
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Weber, M; Beaufort, LF (1922) The fishes of the Indo-Australian Archipelago Print times, Pataudi house, Daryaganj, New Delhi 4 410 pp Available at - NIO, Goa

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