Caranx (Selar) malam   Bleeker  1852 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Size: 20 cm.

Color: Darkish green or brown above, lighter below, a distinct black opercular spot, spinous dorsal dusky or blackish, lobes and margin of caudal blackish, there may be more or less pronounced traces of 6 to 9 dark bands descending from back to lateral line.

Oblong, compressed, dorsal and ventral profile equally convex, belly not or only slightly trenchant. Height 2.8-3 in length, head 3.8-4, almost as long as high, its rostro-frontal line convex. Eye about 3.5 in head, nearly totally in anterior half of head, about equal to obtuse snout, somewhat less than inter orbital space, posterior adipose eyelid broad. Jaws nearly equal, maxillary terminating below anterior part of eye. Lateral line strongly arched in its anterior part which is little less than half the length of the straight posterior part, beginning below origin of soft dorsal and counting 48-56 scutes, the posterior of which are strongly keeled and go 9 to 10 times in height of body. Spinous dorsal and anal somewhat lower than soft dorsal, fourth dorsal spine the longest, anterior dorsal and anal rays a little longer than the sequent, caudal deeply forked. Pectorals falcate in young, shorter in old, longer than head, far surpassing vertical through origin of anal. Ventrals about twice in head, the vent being situated between their ends. Breast totally scaly, few scales on cheeks and opercle. Teeth in jaws small but very conspicuous, in a single series, minute on palatines and tongue, a few on vomer.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Selar malam Bleeker 1852
Caranx malam Gunther 1860
Caranx malam Kner 1867
Caranx nigripinnis Day 1888
Alepes melanoptera Fowler 1905
Caranx malam Bean and Weed 1912
Caranx malam M. Weber 1913
Caranx malam McCulloch 1915
Caranx (Atule) malam Wakiya 1924

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• 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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