Caranx (Selar) mate   Cuvier and Valenciennes  1833 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Size: 27 cm.

Color: Slaty above, with indications of darker transverse bands, silvery or whitish below, a large dark blotch on opercle and upper part of shoulder girdle.

Oblong compressed, dorsal and ventral profile equally convex, belly not carinate. Height about 3.5 in length, head somewhat shorter, acute longer than hight, its rostro-frontal line declivous and somewhat convex. Eye 3.5-4 in head, situated for the greatest part in its anterior half, adipose eyelids extending on pupil, interorbital space somewhat more. Snout equal to or longer than eye, rather pointed. Lower jaw prominent, maxillary terminating in young before, in old below anterior border of eye. Small, conspicuous teeth in jaws, in a single series, or the upper anterior ones in a narrow band, villiform on vomer and in a band on palatines and tongue. Breast totally scaled, also scales on cheeks and superior part of opercles. Lateral line anteriorly weakly arched, terminating below about 6th to 8th dorsal ray, where from begins the straight portion of nearly equal length, with 40-45 scutes, increasing in size posteriorly, the posterior strongly armed, 6-7 times in height of body. Dorsal fins of equal height, ore than twice lower than body, but higher than anal, anterior dorsal and anal rays not much elevated, last dorsal and anal ray longer than the preceding and finlet-like. Spinous dorsal with a low basal scaly sheath, which is well developed on soft dorsal scaly sheath, which is well developed on soft dorsal and anal. Pectorals falcate, longer than head, reaching origin of soft anal. Ventrals twice shorter than head. Caudal with acute lobes, equal, about 5 times in length.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Caranx xanthurus Cuvier and Valenciennes
Caranx affinis Ruppell 1835
Caranx mate Cantor 1850
Selar hasseltii Bleeker 1852
Caranx hasseltii Gunther 1860
Caranx xanthurus Gunther
Caranx affinis Kner 1867
Caranx hasselli Playfair 1866
Caranx mate Day 1870
Caranx affinis Klunzinger 1871
Caranx affinis Day 1888
Caranx affinis Steindachner 1881
Caranx (Selar) affinis Klunzinger 1884
Caranx hasseltii M. Weber 1895
Carangus politus Jenkins 1904
Carangus affinis Jenkins
Caranx mate Fowler 1905
Carangus politus Jordan and Evermann 1905
Carangus affinis Jordan and Evermann
Decapterus lundini Jordan and Seale 1906
Caranx affinis Jordan and Seale
Caranx affinis Evermann and Seale 1906
Caranx affinis McCulloch 1915
Caranx mate Fowler and Bean 1922
Caranx affinis Nichols 1922
Caranx (Atule) affinis Wakiya 1924
Atule lundini Jordan 1925
Caran afinis Vinciguerra 1926
Selar affinis Barnard 1927
Caranx mate Fowler 1928

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• INDIA (Record: 1931)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman INDIA (Record: 1931)

Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) 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

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