Mugil seheli   Forskal,  1775 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Size: 46.5 cm.

Color: Greenish or bluish above, silvery below, pectorals yellowish with a black spot in the axil.

Profile from first dorsal to snout slightly convex. Height relatively decreasing with size of fish 3.2-4 in length, 4.1-5 in length with caudal, about equal to length of head. Eye 3.4 to 4 in head, 1.7 to more than twice in postorbital part of head, without gelatinous eyelid. Interorbital space more or less convex, 2-2.4 in length of head, more or less than twice the diameter of the eye. Praeorbital scarcely emarginate and indistinctly denticulated, covering the maxillary, which is hidden when mouth is closed. Upper lip more or less fleshy, smooth. Mandible with a double symphysial knob. Snout obtuse, not depressed, convex, somewhat shorter than eye. Origin of first dorsal about midway between end of snout and base of caudal, in large specimens nearer to end of snout, it is opposite to 11th or 12th scale and separated from snout by 22 or 23, exceptionnally only by 20-21 scales. Height of dorsal spines about equal to postorbital part of head, lower than second dorsal, which is concave, as also anal. Both are opposite to each other or nearly so and opposite to 23rd or 24th lateral scale. Both are scaly as also caudal, which is deeply emarginate. Pectorals slightly shorter than head, reaching to origin of first dorsal, with an axillary scale about 1/3 or more of the length of the pectoral. Axillary scale of ventrals about equal to half the length of that fin. Least height of caudal peduncle 1.1-1.4 in its length and more or less than twice in length of head. Teeth are wanting.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Mugil seheli Forskal 1775
Mugil axillaris Cuvier and Valenciennes 1836
Mugil parsia Bleeker 1852
Mugil cylindricus Bleeker 1853
Mugil borbonicus Bleeker 1859
Mugil axillaris Bleeker 1859
Mugil axillaris Bleeker 1860
Mugil axillaris Gunther 1861
Mugil bleekeri Gunther
Mugil decem-radiatus Gunther
Mugil seheli Klunzinger 1870
Mugil axillaris Gunther 1881
Mugil seheli Day 1888
Mugil axillaris Sauvage 1891
Mugil bleekeri Max Weber 1894
Mugil axillaris Seale 1901
Mugil seheli Max Weber 1913
Mugil bleekeri de Beaufort 1913

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• INDIA (Record: 1922)

Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Weber, M; Beaufort, LF (1922) The fishes of the Indo-Australian Archipelago Print times, Pataudi house, Daryaganj, New Delhi 4 410 pp Available at - NIO, Goa

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