Chorinemus lysan   (Forsskal)  1775 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Size: 100 cm.

Color: Silvery, bluish above, 6-8 dark roundish spots above and along lateral line, fins grayish without black blotch on anterior part of soft dorsal, anal caudal lobes.

Compresses, oblong, height 3.5 to 4 in total length. Eye diameter 3.5 to 4 in length of head. It grows to over half a meter in length. Head 4.3-4.7, longer than high or as long as high, its rostro-frontal profile declivous in a straight line, somewhat concave in adult. Eye 4-5 in head, longer than, in adult about equal to obtuse snout. Jaws equal, the upper extending in young somewhat, in adult far behind eye. In upper jaw a series of enlarged conical teeth, followed by a band of villiform teeth, in lower jaw biserial teeth (see genus), usually a pair of symphysial oblique canines, villiform teeth in an ovate patch on vomer, in a pyriform band on palatines and a longitudinal band on pterygoids and tongue (see Fig. 56b). Scales roundish or ovate in young, broad lanceolate in adult, those of lower half less embedded, lateral line with a slight angular elevation soon after its commencement. Soft dorsal and anal anteriorly elevated, the height of the elevation in young twice, in adult less than twice lower than height of body, the last 8-10 rays semidetached, finlet-like. Pectorals acute, 1.5 in length of head, ventrals acute, slightly longer, caudal forked with acute lobes.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Scomber lysan Forskal 1775
Chorinemus lysan Day 1878
Scomberoide commersonien Lacepede 1800
Scomber forsteri Bloch 1801
Scomber madagascariensis Shaw 1803
Lichia lysan Ruppell 1828
Scomber madagascariensis Bennett 1830
Chorinemus commersonianus Cuvier and Valenciennes 1831
Chorinemus aculeatus Cuvier and Valenciennes
Chorinemus lyzan Cuvier and Valenciennes
Chorinemus farkharii Cuvier and Valenciennes
Chorinemus lysan Ruppell 1835
Chorinemus forsteri Richardson 1843
Chorinemus aculeatus Bleeker 1851
Chorinemus lysan Cantor 1850
Chorinemus commersonianus Bleeker 1852
Chorinemus lysan Bleeker 1860
Chorinemus lysan Gunther 1860
Chorinemus lysan Kner 1867
Chorinemus lysan Playfair and Gunther 1866
Chorinemus lysan Klunzinger 1880
Chorinemus lysan Macleay 1881
Chorinemus lysan Klunzinger 1884
Scomberoides lysan Jordan and Seale 1906
Scomberoides lysan Seale 1910
Chorinemus lysan M. Weber 1913
Chorinemus lysan de Beaufort 1913
Chorinemus lysan Hora 1924
Scomberoides lysan Wakiya 1924
Scomberoides lysan Fowler 1925
Chorinemus lysan Barnard 1927
Scomberoides lysan Fowler 1928

Common Name (s)
• Leatherskin (English)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Coastal


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andamans INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Great Nicobar Island INDIA (Record: 08/2000-07/2003)
• Kerala, Vizhinjam INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Bal, DV and Rao, KV (1984) Marine fisheries Tata McGraw-Hill Publishing Company Limited 470 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Weber, M; Beaufort, LF (1931) The fishes of the Indo-Australian Archipelago Print times, Pataudi house, Daryaganj, New Delhi 6 448 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
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  • Rajaram, R; Srinivasan, M; Khan, SA and Kannan, L (2004) Ichthyofaunal diversity of great Nicobar Island, Bay of Bengal Journal of Indian fisheries association 31 13-26 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Sreenivasan, PV (1974) On two new records of carangid fishes from Indian seas Indian Journal of Fisheries Indian Council of Agricultural Research 21 (1) 20-28 Available at -

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