Decapterus russellii   (Ruppell,  1830) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Color: Body bluish-green dorsally and silvery on sides and ventrally. Dorsal, anal and caudal fins yellow green; pectoral and pelvic fins pale, dark axillary patch on pectoral fin; distinct opercular spot above level of pectoral fin base.

Body elongate, fusiform, moderately compressed, its depth 4.2 to 4.7 times in standard length. Upper jaw (maxilla) reaching to below front margin of eye. Teeth in jaws in a single series; teeth on tongue obsolete. Two dorsal fins; first dorsal fin with 8 spines; second dorsal fin with 1 spine and 27 to 31 soft rays. Anal fin with 2 detached spines, followed by 1 spine and 28-20 soft rays. Pectoral fins subfalcate, shorter than head length. Caudal fin deeply forked, its lobes equal. Lateral line anteriorly with a low regular arch, joins lateral line straight under 11th to 13th soft dorsal ray; scutes 30 to 37 on lateral line straight, moderate.

Synonym (s)
Caranx russellii Ruppell 1828
Caranx kurra Day 1876
Decapterus dayi Wakiya : Srinivasa-Rao 1968
Decapterus kiliche Nagabhushanam and Rama-Rao 1976

Common Name (s)
• Round Scad (English)
• Shitap
• Moondakun Kilichi (Tamil)
• Tedi (Marathi)
• Murimas
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial

Habitat:  Coastal


• Maharashtra, Jaigad INDIA (Record: 1993)
• Maharashtra, Mumbai INDIA (Record: 1984)
• Kerala, Trivandrum INDIA (Record: 1984)
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai INDIA (Record: 1984)
• Andhra Pradesh, Vishakhapatnam INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Singh, DF and Yazdani, GM (1993) Ichthyofauna of Konkan region of Maharashtra (India) Records of the Zoological Survey of India. Occasional paper no 145 ZSI, Calcutta 46 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) Available at -
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Talwar, PK and Kacker, RK (1984) Commercial sea fishes of India ZSI, Calcutta 997 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Shameem, A and Dutt, S (1986) Fishes of the family carangidae from Visakhaptnam: List if species and new records from the Indian seas Journal of the marine biological association of India The marine biological association of India 28(1&2) 159-162 Available at - NIO, Goa

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