Caranx (Carangoides) ferdau   Forskal  1775 (Fish)
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Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 50 cm.

Color: Greyish above, silvery below, an opercular dark spot present, a few yellow spots, differently dispersed, on sides, fins yellowish, lobe and margin of soft dorsal and margin of caudal blackish, pectorals and ventrals hyaline.

Oblong, compressed, dorsal profile from tip of snout to caudal peduncle evenly convex, ventral profile less so till anal, whence it curves to caudal peduncle, height 2.4-2.7 in length. Head 3.4-3.6, as high as long, the nape trenchant, usually a shallow depression on front. Eye 3.5-4.5 in head, its major part before middle of head and above longitudinal axis of body, its diameter shorter than snout and as convex inter orbital space. Maxillary reaching front border of pupil, mouth slightly oblique, jaw equal. Praeorbital posteriorly half diameter of eye. Bands of small villiform teeth on jaw, vomer, palatines and tongue, the outer in jaws somewhat larger and unequal. Naked area of breast reaching to about upper third of the distance between ventral profile and base of pectoral and extends with a point nearly to ventral. Anterior part of lateral line runs in a very flat arch or in a nearly straight, slightly undulating line to below middle of soft dorsal, whence it is continued, without sharp distinction, as posterior straight part, which carries about 25 keeled scutes, commencing below posterior third of soft dorsal. Spinous dorsal weak and very low, soft dorsal with even rays, slightly lower than eye, but the 6 or 7 anterior rays forming an elevated falcate lobe, the longest anterior ray sometimes produced into a kind of filment, longer than half height of body. Soft anal of similar construction but the anterior lobe lower. Pectorals falcate with strongly narrowed tip, longer than head, ventrals more than twice in head. Caudal forked with somewhat rounded lobes.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Scomber ferdau Forskal 1775
Scomber bajad Forskal
Caranx bajad Ruppell 1828
Carangoides hemigymnostethus Bleeker 1852
Caranx bajad Ruppell 1852
Caranx bajad Gunther 1860
Citula hemigymnostethus Bleeker 1863
Caranx bajad Playfair and Gunther 1866
Caranx venator Playfair 1867
Caranx ferdau Klunzinger 1871
Citula bajad Bleeker 1875
Caranx laticaudis Alleyne and Macleay 1875
Caranx ferdau Gunther 1876
Caranx ferdau Day 1878
Caranx (Carangoides) ferdau Klunzinger 1884
Caranx ferdau Sauvage 1891
Carangoides ferdau Jenkins 1904
Carangoides ferdau Jordan and Evermann 1905
Caranx gilberti Jordan and Seale 1906
Caranx ferdau Kendall and Goldsborough 1911
Caranx ferdan M. Weber 1913
Caranx ferdau McCulloch 1919
Carangoides jordani Nichols 1922
Carangoides jordani D. St. Jordan and E. K. Jordan 1925
Caranx laticaudis McCulloch 1924
Caranx (Citula) hemigymnostethus Wakiya 1924
Caranx (Carangoides) ferdau E. K. Jordan 1925
Ferdauia jordani Jordan, Evermann and Tanaka 1927
Carangoides ferdau Fowler 1928

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• INDIA (Record: 1931)

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 -

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