Gerres poeti   Cuvier,  1829 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Size: 15 cm.

Color: Silvery, back grayish, dorsal with a blackish margin.

Oblong, compressed, height about 2.50 in length, head 3.4, the rostro-dorsal profile nearly straight with a naked concavity above anterior third of eye. Eye about 3 in head, its diameter nearly equal to inter orbital space and much longer than pointed snout. Maxillary reaching to below front border of eye, mandibulary profile slightly concave. Praeoperculum entire, its angle rounded. Lower pharyngeal bones united by a mobile suture, peripherically covered with small, mostly conical and pointed teeth, the median ones granulate. Origin of dorsal at a distance from end of snout somewhat longer than height of body but about one fifth shorter than longer of spinous and soft dorsal together. Dorsal and anal spines very strong and broad. The third dorsal spine the longest, about twice in height and more than 1.6 in head. The width of the second spine about one tenth of its length. The second and third anal spine subequal, much longer than postorbital part of head, the second the strongest, its width about one sixth of its length. Pectorals scarcely longer than head, not reaching anal. Ventrals about equal to head without snout. Least height of caudal peduncle one quarter shorter than its length.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Gerres poeti Cuvier and Valenciennes, 1830
Gerres poetie Bleeker, 1845
Gerres poeti Gunther, 1859
Diapterus poetie Bleeker, 1864
Gerres poeti Kner, 1867
Gerres poeti Playfair, 1867
Diapterus poeti Bleeker, 1877
Gerres poeti Day, 1888
Gerres poeti Macleay, 1883
Gerres poeti Sauvage, 1891
Xystaema poeti Jordan and Seale, 1906
Gerres poieti Fowler, 1928

Common Name (s)
• Silvery Mojarra (English)
• Oodan (Tamil)
• Charbat (Marathi)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial



• INDIA (Record: 1931)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands INDIA (Record: 1931)
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai Coast INDIA (Record: 2003)
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA (Record: 2003)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA

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 -
  • Marine Biological Station, Chennai, Tamil Nadu (2003) Checklist of marine fauna of Tamil Nadu Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu Available at -
  • Dr. Ramesh, R; Dr. Nammalwar, P and Dr. Gowri, VS (2008) Database on coastal information of Tamil Nadu Report Submitted to Environmental Information System (ENVIS) Centre, Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu Institute for Ocean Management, Anna University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Available at -
  • Talwar, PK and Kacker, RK (1984) Commercial sea fishes of India ZSI, Calcutta 997 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Talwar, PK (1990) Fishes of Andaman and Nicobar Islands: A synoptic survey Journal of the Andaman Science Association Andaman Science Association, Port Blair 6(2) 71-102 Available at - NIO,Goa

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