Pellona dussumieri   Cuvier and Valenciennes  1847 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Size: 30 cm.

Color: Silvery, back brown, fins hyaline. Dorsal and caudal bordered with dark.

Oblong, compressed, ventral profile not much more convex than dorsal profile. Height 3 - 3¼, head 3 1/5- 3½, eye 3-3¼, ¼ longer than snout, equalling postorbital part of head. Dorsal surface of head with two pairs of slightly diverging ridges. Maxillary reaches middle of eye, about 2 times in head. Oral border of maxillary with a ligament to the posterior end of inter-maxillary. Its posterior end broadly rounded, reaching a little farther than the end of the second supplemental bone. Chin very prominent. Origin of dorsal about midway between snout and base of caudal, ¾ diameter of eye behind origin of ventrals, which are much shorter than eye and much nearer to anal than to suboperculum. Pectorals about as long as head without snout, reaching to the ventrals. Anal about 3 times in length of body, its origin below hindermost rays of dorsal. Caudal 3½ - 3¾ in length. Teeth on pterygoids, palatines and tongue, a single series of small ones in the jaws. Gillrakers about 21, 1/3 longer than branchial filaments, shorter than pupil. 28-31 abdominal scutes, 9-11 behind ventrals. Scales thin, deciduous, with one vertical line, hindmargin nearly smooth.

Synonym (s)
Platygaster megalopterus Swainson 1830
Pellona leschenaultii Bleeker 1850
Pellona russelli Bleeker 1852
Pellona motius Gunther 1868
Ilisha megalopterus Bleeker 1872
Pellona megalopterus Day 1888

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Economic Importance and Threats



• INDIA (Record: 1965)

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

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