Gerres punctatus   Cuvier,  1830 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Size: 25 cm.

Color: Bluish-gray above, silvery below, in adult usually with several irregular series of oblong, horizontal bluish spots in upper half of body, ends of snout blackish.

Oblong, elevated, height 2-2.50 in length, head pointed, 3-3.30 in length , its rostro-occipital more or less concave before eyes, the median front without scales. Eye more or less than 3 in head, about equal to inter orbital space, somewhat longer than pointed snout. Mandibular profile strongly concave. Maxillary surpassing front edges of eye. Praeoperculum entire, its angle rounded. Operculum with two blunt points. Inferior pharyngeal bones united by mobile suture forming a triangular plate with small, pointed teeth, the middle ones more granulated. Dorsal originates at a distance from end of snout, about equal to height of body and to length of spinous and soft portion of dorsal together. Second, third and fourth dorsal spines longer than the following, the second stronger and produced into a filament, about as long as body or somewhat shorter, second and third anal spine subequal, about as long as eye. Pectorals longer or much longer than head, reaching anal.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Gerres filamentosus Richardson, 1842
Gerres punctatus Bleeker, 1845
Catochaenum filamentosum Cantor, 1850
Gerres filamentosus Bleeker, 1850
Gerres filamentosus Gunther, 1862
Gerres punctatus Gunther, 1862
Diapterus filamentosus Bleeker, 1863
Gerres filamentosus Kner, 1867
Gerres filamentosus Klunzinger, 1870
Diapterus filamentosus Bleeker, 1877
Gerres filamentosus Day, 1888
Gerres punctatus Macleay, 1881
Gerres filamentosus Klunzinger, 1884
Gerres punctatus Sauvage, 1891
Xystaema filamentosum Jordan and Evermann, 1902
Gerres (Pertica) filamentosus Fowler, 1904
Xystaema punctatum Jordan and Seale, 1905
Xystaema punctatum Jordan and Seale, 1907
Xystaema punctatum Evermann and Seale, 1907
Zystaema punctatum Seale, 1910
Gerres filamentosus M. Weber, 1913
Gerres filamentosus Fowler and Bean, 1922
Gerres punctatus Chaudhuri, 1923
Gerres filamentosus Fowler, 1925
Xystaema punctatum Barnard, 1927
Gerres filamentosus Fowler, 1928

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Estuarine


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands INDIA
• Orissa, Chilika Lake INDIA (Record: 1948-1950)

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 -
  • 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 -

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