Seriola dumerili   (Risso,  1810) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 100 cm.

Color: Dark Grey to olivaceous green above, lighter below, no conspicuous pigmentation on the body and fin (Abdussamad et al., 2008). Brownish above with a blue hue, whitish below, in life with a yellow band through eye to caudal, fins dusky white. Very young specimens have 5-6 dark crossbands (Weber and Beaufort, 1931).

Body elongate, slightly compressed, moderately deep, upper jaw broad at end, terminate below the eye before the anterior margin of the pupil, height of second dorsal equal to pectoral length, and anal lobe shorter 0.8 times of the pectoral length. First gill arch with well developed gillrakers. Height 3 to 4 in length, head 3.2 to 3.75, pointed, the rostro-nuchal profile somewhat convex. Eye 5 to more than 6 in head, situated in middle of head and above longitudinal axis of body, about twice in length of somewhat pointed snout, and about twice in strongly convex interorbital space. Maxillary enlarged posteriorly by a broad supplemental bone and equalling eye in width, extending almost to middle of eye. Gillrakers more or less than 15 on lower branch of first branchial arch, their length about three fourth of diameter of eye. Scales small, cycloid, about 170-180 in lateral line, which in nearly straight with a slight curvature over pectorals, cheeks scaly, head otherwise naked. Teeth in villiform bands in jaws, the intermaxillary band anteriorly broader than the mandibulary, similar teeth in a patch on vomer, in bands on palatines and tongue. Spinous dorsal commencing somewhat behind base of pectorals, the spines connected by membrane, weak, the highest surpassing length of eye, folding in a groove, the last one very short, becoming buried in the skin. Anterior dorsal rays not much elevated, about 2.5 in head, anal originating a little before middle of soft dorsal, its anterior rays shorter than those of dorsal, the preceding spines very short, not plainly visible in adult, both fins with a scaly basal sheath. Caudal widely forked with curved pointed lobes, short caudal peduncle with a distinct cutaneous keel. Pectorals shorter than snout and eye, rounded inferiorly, ventrals somewhat longer, their origin below posterior part of base of pectorals.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Caranx dumerilii Risso, 1810
Seriola dumerilii Risso, 1826
Seriola dumerilii Cuvier and Valenciennes, 1833
Seriola purpurascens Temminck and Schlegel, 1844
Seriola tapeinometopon Bleeker, 1853
Seriola purpurascens Bleeker, 1857
Seriola dumerilii Gunther, 1860
Seriola dumerili Kner, 1867
Seriola aureovittata Klunzinger, 1871
Seriola dumerilii Gunther, 1876
Seriola dumerili Day, 1888
Seriola dumerilii Carus, 1893
Seriola cretata Fowler, 1904
Seriola purpurascens Jordan and Evermann, 1905
Seriola purpurascens Wakiya, 1924
Seriola purpurascens Fowler, 1928

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Coastal


• Tamil Nadu, Tuticorin INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh, Vishakhapatnam INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Abdussamad, EM; Joshi, KK and Jayabalan, K (2008) Description of two lesser known jacks of the genus, Seriola (Family: carangidae) from Indian waters and their comparison with a closely related species, Seriolina nigrofasciata (Ruppell, 1829) Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India The Marine Biological Association of India, Cochin, India 50(1) 57-61 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Wikipedia Available at -
  • Weber, M; Beaufort, LF (1931) The fishes of the Indo-Australian Archipelago Print times, Pataudi house, Daryaganj, New Delhi 6 448 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Fischer, W and Bianchi, G (Eds.) (1984) FAO species identification sheets for fishery purposes. Western Indian Ocean; (Fishing area 51). FAO, Rome 1 Available at -
  • 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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