Chorinemus tala   Cuvier,  1832 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Size: 45 cm.

Color: Grayish above, silvery below, 4-8 vertically oblong dark blotches touching lateral lines above or usually intersected by it. Vertical fins darkish, without black blotches anteriorly.

Nearly ovate, height somewhat more than thrice in length, much more than length of head. Eye 4-4 1/2 in head, in young longer than, later on equal to or slightly shorter than obtuse snout. Maxillary extending in young to hind border of eye, in adult some what surpassing it. Cleft of mouth opposite upper third of eye. Scales small but distinct, their exposed part lanceolate, lateral line angularly raised below anterior part of spinous dorsal, furtheron straight. Teeth in upper jaw in a single, in the lower in two series, the outer directed somewhat outwards, with two caniniform teeth on either side of symphysis. Villi form teeth in a triangular patch on vomer, in a longitudinal band on palatines, pterygoids and tongue. Elevation of anterior dorsal and anal rays equal to half height of body. Pectorals shorter than head, ventrals equal to head.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Chorinemus toloo Bleeker, 1852
Chorinemus tala Gunther, 1860
Chorinemus tala Day, 1888
Chorinemus toloo Macleay, 1881
Chorinemus toloo Klunzinger, 1884
Chorinemus toloo Picaglia, 1894
Scomberoides tala Jenkins, 1904
Scomberoides toloo Fowler, 1905
Eleria philippina Jordan and Seale, 1905
Scomberoides tala Jordan and Seale, 1907
Eleria tala Jordan and Richardson, 1908
Chorinemus tala M. Weber, 1913
Scomberoides tala Jordan and Starks, 1917
Scomberoides tala Fowler, 1918
Scomberoides toloo Waite, 1921
Chorinemus tala Hora, 1924

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial

Habitat:  Estuarine
Prey:  decapods


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands INDIA
• Orissa, Chilika Lake INDIA (Record: 1948-1950)
• Bay of Bengal INDIA
• Orissa, Puri INDIA
• Kerala, Off Calicut INDIA (Record: 1948-1953) (Depth: 3.65-14.63 mts)
• Kerala, Vizhinjam INDIA

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
  • Jones, S and Sujansingani, KH (1954) Fish and fisheries of the Chilka Lake with statistics of fish catches for the years 1948-1950 Indian Journal of Fisheries Indian Journal of Fisheries for the Indian Council of Agricultural Research 1 (1-2) 256-344 Available at -
  • Murty, VS (1969) Catalogue of fishes (excluding from the Laccadives) in the reference collections of the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute Bulletin of Central Marine Research Institute CMFRI, Cochin 10 1-38 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 -
  • Sreenivasan, PV (1974) On two new records of carangid fishes from Indian seas Indian Journal of Fisheries Indian Council of Agricultural Research 21 (1) 20-28 Available at -
  • Biswas, KP (2009) Fishes around Indian Ocean Dominant Fish Groups Occurring in Indian Coasts Daya publishing house Available at - NIO,Goa

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