Rastrelliger brachysoma   (Bleeker,  1851) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 12-34.5 cm.

Color: Bluish green above, silvery below. Fins yellowish, the first dorsal bordered above with black (Bleeker, 1851).

Height 2.79. Head 3.15, about as long as hight. Eye 3.8, equal to snout and to flat inter orbital space. Mouth oblique. Maxillary reaching to below hind border of eye. Teeth in jaw minute. No teeth on palate. About 35 gill rakers on lower branch of first arch, 15 on upper branch. Longest gill rakers about as long as snout and half eye. First dorsal spine somewhat shorter than second, which is slightly less than snout and eye. Second dorsal and anal low, their upper border apparently not much concave. Caudal and pectorals broken. Ventrals equal to snout. Maxilla covered by lachrymal bone but extending nearly to end of lacrimae. Interpelvic process small and single. Swim bladder present. Vertebrae 13 pre-caudal plus 18 caudal, total 31. Bristles on longest gill raker about 150 on one side in specimens of 12.7 cm, 210 in specimens of 16 cm, and 240 in specimens of 19 cm fork length. Anal spine rudimentary. Dorsal spines (total): 8 - 11; Dorsal soft rays (total): 12; Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 12. Snout pointed.

Dioecious, external fertilization, non-guarders, open water/substratum egg scatterers.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportion.

Synonym (s)
Rastrelliger brachysomus (Bleeker, 1851)
(Senior synonym)
Rastrelliger neglectus (van Kampen, 1907)
(Junior synonym)
Scomber brachysoma Bleeker, 1851
(Senior synonym)
Scomber neglectus van Kampen, 1907
(Junior synonym)
Rastrelliger brachysoma Manacop, 1956

Common Name (s)
• Deep Bodied Mackerel (English)
• Chappata Bangdi (Hindi)
• Short Bodied Mackerel (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Fisheries, gamefish. Marketed fresh, frozen, canned, dried salted and smoked.)

Habitat:  Pelagic, Estuarine
Trophic Level:  Consumer
Prey:  Feeds chiefly on microzooplankton with a high phytoplankton component
Predator:  Scomberomus sp., tunas, ribbonfishes, sharks, dolphins


• Andaman Sea INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Port Blair INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Tamil Nadu INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Coast INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands (Lat: 13.75) (Long: 94.25) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands (Lat: 6.75) (Long: 92.16) INDIA
• East Coast INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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