Caranx (Selar) djedaba   Forskal,  1775 (Fish)
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Class: Actinopterygii

Size: 35 cm.

Color: Bluish above, silvery below, a distinct black opercular spot, spinous dorsal gray, soft dorsal blackish edged.

Oblong, dorsal and ventral profiles evenly and equally convex. height more or less than 3, head 3.5 to 4 in length, its height nearly equal to its length. Eye about 4 in head, equal to snout and nearly to inter orbital space, its posterior adipose eyelid well developed. Lower jaw slightly prominent, maxillary reaching to below first third of eye. Uniserial fine teeth in jaws, a patch or band on vomer, a narrow band on palatines and tongue. Scales on breast, cheeks and behind eye, lateral line in anterior portion strongly curved, reaching to below first to third dorsal ray, about twice shorter than straight portion, which has in maximo 58 scutes, the anterior and posterior shorter, the largest about 4 times higher than long. Dorsal spine moderate, the third slightly the longest, about 1/3 of heaight of body, nearly equalling anterior dorsal rays. pectorals falciform, shorter than head, ventrals reaching half way to anal. Caudal deeply forked, the lobes pointed. Gillrakers 26-28 on lower part of first branchial arch.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Scomber djedaba Forskal 1775
Caranx djeddaba Ruppell 1831
Caranx vari Cuvier and Valenciennes 1833
Caranx djeddaba Cuvier and Valenciennes
Caranx vari Cantor 1850
Selar vari Bleeker 1853
Caranx djeddaba Gunther 1860
Selar djeddaba Bleeker 1861
Caranx djeddaba Klunzinger 1871
Caranx djeddaba Day 1888
Caranx (Selar) djeddaba Klunzinger 1884
Caranx djeddaba Duncker 1904
Caranx djeddaba Evermann and Seale 1907
Caranx djeddaba Jordan and Richardson 1908
Caranx djeddaba Bean and Weed 1912
Caranx (Atule) djeddaba Wakiya 1924
Caranx djeddaba Hora 1924
Caranx djeddaba Fowler 1925
Caranx djeddaba Barnard 1927

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Prey:  Copepods like Temora, Pseudodiaptomus and Centropages, penaeid prawns, amphipods, Larval bivalves, fish post-larvae, cladocerans, decapod larvas, Lucifer and pteropods


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman INDIA
• Kerala, Off Calicut INDIA (Record: 1948-1953) (Depth: 3.65-14.63 mts)

Literature Source(s)
  • 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
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Venkataraman, G (1960) Studies on the food and feeding relationships of the inshore fishes off Calicut on the Malabar coast Indian Journal of Fisheries Indian Council of Agricultural Research 7 (2) 275-306 Available at -

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