Scomberoides commersonianus   Lacepede,  1801 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Color: Body dusky green above, silvery or golden yellow below; sides with 5 to 8 large oval blotches above or touching lateral line, first two may intersect lateral line. Soft dorsal fin evenly dusky, not abruptly pigmented dorsally. Pectoral fins pale, with dusky blotch ventrally; pelvic fins white.

A compressed and elongate carangid, with a blunt snout and depression over eyes. Eye diameter 4.5 to 6.0 times in head length, about equal to snout length. Upper jaw (maxilla) extending well beyond posterior border of eye, especially in adults. Upper jaw with an outer row of small conical teeth and inner band of villiform teeth; lower jaw with two rows of small conical teeth separated by a groove. Gill rakers on first arch 0 to 3 + 7 to 12, total 8 to 15. Two dorsal fins; first dorsal fin with 1 procumbent spine (becoming embedded with age) and 6 to 7 normal spines; second dorsal fin with 1 spine and 19 to 21 soft rays. Dorsal and anal fin bases about equal in length; dorsal and anal fins with 7 or 8 rays finlet-like but not fully separated. Anal fins with 2 detached spines, followed by 1 spine and 16 to 19 soft rays. Pectoral fins short, not falcate. Scales on body small and broadly lanceolate, partly embedded. Lateral line slightly wavy anteriorly, straight over most of its length; no scutes present.

Synonym (s)
Scomberoides commersonien Lacepede, 1802
Chorinemus lysan Day (nec Forsskal), 1876
Scomberoides commersonianus Smith-Vaniz and Staiger, 1973

Common Name (s)
• Talang Queenfish (English)
• Pasupara (Telugu)
• Toal Parah (Tamil)
• Palameen (Malayalam)
• Palaimeenu (Kannada)
• Dagol (Marathi)
• Sag (Gujarati)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial

Habitat:  Coastal


• Kerala, Ponnani Estuary INDIA (Record: 03/1997-02/1999)
• Andhra Pradesh INDIA
• Tamil Nadu INDIA
• Kerala INDIA
• Red Sea
• Orissa INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh, Vishakhapatnam INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Bijukumar, A and Sushama, S (2000) Ichthyofauna of Ponnani estuary, Kerala Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India The Marine Biological Association of India, Cochin 42(1&2) 182-189 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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  • Shameem, A and Dutt, S (1986) Fishes of the family carangidae from Visakhaptnam: List if species and new records from the Indian seas Journal of the marine biological association of India The marine biological association of India 28(1&2) 159-162 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 -
  • National museum of nature and science Available at -

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