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

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Size: 31-65 mm

Color: Brownish grey above, silvery below with 5 indistinct darker cross bands on back. Upper part of membrane between 2nd and 5th or 6th dorsal spines black, rest of the dorsal edged dusky; other fins pale.

Head 2.8-3.0 in standard length, 3.7-3.9 in total length. Depth of body 2.6-2.8 in standard length, 3.4-3.6 in total length. Eye diameter 2.7-3.0 in head, slightly more than snout and interorbital space. Maxillary reaching beyond front border of eye. Second dorsal fin spine about less than half height of body. Pectoral fin equal to or slightly longer than head. Ventral fin much shorter than head without snout. Third anal fin spine as long as diameter of eye.
Number of spines and rays in the dorsal fin: IX, 10; number of spines and rays in the anal fin: III, 7; number of rays in the pectoral fin: 15; number of spines and rays in the ventral fin: I, 5; number of scale rows along the lateral line: 39-40; number of horizontal scale rows usually counted from origin of the dorsal fin to the lateral line and from anal origin to the lateral line: 5+1+10.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Gerres lucidus Cuvier and Valenciennes, 1830
Gerreomorpha setifer Jones and Kumaran, 1959
Gerres setifer Weber and de Beaufort, 1931

Common Name (s)
• Hakkisala
• Saddleback Silverbiddy
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated


• Tamil Nadu, Chennai Coast INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Amini INDIA (Record: 01/1987-04/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Bangaram INDIA (Record: 01/1987-04/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Chettalatt INDIA (Record: 01/1987-04/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA (Record: 01/1987-04/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Kilttan INDIA (Record: 01/1987-04/1987)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • 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 -
  • Jones, S and Kumaran, M (1980) Fishes of the Laccadive Archipelago The Nature Conservation and Aquatic Sciences Service, Trivandrum, Kerala 760 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Kumaran, M; Mohan, RSL and Murty, VS (1989) Other fin-fish resources Marine living resources of the union territory of Lakshadweep: An indicative survey with suggestions for development Bulletin of Central Marine Research Institute CMFRI 43 65-72 Available at -
  • 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
  • Pillai, PKM and Augustine, SK (2000) A code list of common marine living resources of the Indian seas CMFRI Special Publication No.12 CMFRI 1-115 Available at -

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