Selaroides leptolepis   (Cuvier,  1833) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Max. size: 22.0 cm TL.

Max. published weight: 625 g.

Color: Metallic blue or greenish dorsally, silvery white below and with a faint broad yellowish band running lengthwise on each side. Fins yellowish. Upper edge of operculum with black spot.

Body oblong and compressed, with upper and lower profiles equally convex. Eyes large, its diameter 3.2 to 3.5 times in head length. Eyes with a broad posterior and a narrower anterior adipose eyelid, the former reaching on pupil. Upper jaw strongly protractile, reaching to below front border of eye. Minute teeth in a single series in lower jaw and some rudimentary teeth on tongue, no teeth in upper jaw or on vomer and palatines. Two dorsal fins; first dorsal fin with 8 spines; second dorsal fin with 1 spine and 25 soft rays; dorsal and anal fin bases nearly equal. Anal fin with 2 detached spines, followed by 1 spine and 20 soft rays. Pectoral fins falcate. Body with small scales; breast with small but conspicuous scales. Lateral line scarcely arched, with 25 to 34 weak scutes.

Synonym (s)
Caranx leptolepis Cuvier and Valenciennes, 1833
(Senior synonym)
Caranx mertensii Cuvier, 1833
(Junior synonym)
Caranx procaranx De Vis, 1884
(Junior synonym)
Selaroides leptolepis (Cuvier, 1833)
(Senior synonym)
Caranx leptolepis Cuvier, 1833
Caranx mertensii Cuvier, 1833
Caranx procaranx De Vis, 1884
Caranx leptolepis Cuvier and Valenciennes, 1833
Selaroides leptolepis Munro, 1955

Common Name (s)
• Slender-scaled Scad (English)
• Chooparai (Tamil)
• Bangada (Malayalam)
• Aylapara (Malayalam)
• Yellowstripe Trevally (English)
• yellowstripe Scad (English)
• Yellow-stripe Scad
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Estuarine, Coastal
Trophic Level:  Secondary Consumer
Prey:  Ostracods, gastropods and euphausiids are common prey but small fish are also taken


• Tamil Nadu, Chennai Coast INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Palk Bay INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Great Nicobar Island INDIA (Record: 08/2000-07/2003)
• Kerala INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh, Vishakhapatnam INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Mandapam INDIA
• Kerala, Vizhinjam 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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