Clupea (Alosa) Kanagurta   Bleeker  (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Size: 21 cm.

Color: Colors in spirits silvery with darkish grey back. Fins hyaline, dorsal black tipped, caudal with blackish margin. Generally with a black shoulderpatch, when young followed by 3 or 4 similar patches in a row.

Height 2½ – 3, head 3 – 3 1/3, eye 3½ – 4, 1 2/3 – 2 times inpostorbital part of head, equal to snout. The maxillary reaches below the middle of the eye in young specimens, below the hindborder in adult ones. Seven to 10 diverging postfrontal striae. Praeoperculum obtusely rounded behind. Operculum nearly double as high as broad, lower margin of suboperculum rounded and slightly tapering behind. Origin of dorsal about 1½ diameter of eye nearer to point of snout than to caudal, about as long as postocular part of head, highest ray of dorsal equal to postocular part of head. Height of anal equals about diameter of eye, its base about as long as that of dorsal. Pectorals about 3/5 of head. Ventrals about opposite to middle of dorsal. Caudal with longer inferior lobe, equalling the head. Scales longitudinally striated and crenulated, 15 praeventral and 12-13 postvental keeled abdominal scutes. Gillrakers about 88, closely set, longest 1 1/3 of diameter of eye, very slender, pinnate on both sides.

Synonym (s)
Alausa ilisha Bleeker 1852
Alausa kanagurta Bleeker 1852
Alosa malayana Bleeker 1866
Alausa ilisha Kner 1865
Clupea ilisha Gunther 1868
Alosa kanagurta Bleeker 1872
Alosa malayana Bleeker 1872
Clupea kanagurta Day 1878

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• INDIA (Record: 1965)

Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Weber, M; Beaufort, LF (1965) The fishes of the Indo-Australian Archipelago E.J. Brill, Leiden, Holland 2 404 pp Available at - NIO, Goa

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