Sciaena macroptera   (Bleeker)  1853 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Size: 23 cm.

Color: Grayish or brownish above, lighter below, side and fins finely dotted with black or brown, most so spinous dorsal.

Oblong, compressed, dorsal profile from snout to origin of dorsal convexly ascending, ventral profile more or less straight. Height 3.25 to more than 3.50 in length, head 3.50 to nearly 4, obtuse. Eye 4 to nearly 5, situated in anterior half of head, less than somewhat convex inter orbital space. Two oval nostrils, the posterior larger, close to lower front border of eye. Snout about equal eye, rather inflated, obtusely convex, prominent before nearly horizontal cleft of mouth, its free border overhanging, entire except two superficial lateral incisions and with 5 more or less conspicuous pores. Upper jaw reaching posterior half of eye, maxillary nearly totally concealed, distally rounded. The short mandible with a symphysial barbel, shorter than pupil, sometimes nearly obsolete, with a basal pore and on each side with two conspicuous pores. Preopercle with rounded angle, its hind border slightly denticulate, opercle with two weak spines, post temporal entire. Teeth small in villi form bands, in inter maxillaries the outer series somewhat stronger, the mandibulary ones sub equal. Scales rather large, regular, on cheeks, opercles and breast cycloid, otherwise ciliate, lateral line arched, concurrent with back, about the 20 anterior sensory scales with fan-shaped tubes, the following successively less branched to bifid. Spinous dorsal nearly to base separated from soft part, its base more than twice shorter, its height more than that of soft dorsal, spines slender, the second and third being the longest, 2 to 2 1/2 times in height of body, the rays about 1/3 shorter. Soft dorsal and anal rounded, base of latter 4 1/2 to 5 in that of soft dorsal, both fins with scaly base, second anal spine of moderate strength, shorter than longest ray. Pectorals pointed, longer than head without snout, ventrals shorter. Caudal rhomboid, least height of its peduncle somewhat more than thrice in head.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Umbrina macropterus Bleeker 1853
Umbrina macropterus Gunther 1860
Sciaena macropterus Bleeker 1877
Umbrina macroptera Day 1889
Umbrina macroptera Perugia 1889
Sciaena macroptera Fowler 1904
Umbrina macroptera Bean and Weed 1912
Umbrina macroptera Jordan and Starks 1917
Umbrina macroptera Barnard 1927
Umbrina macroptera Machan 1930
Sciaena macroptera Fowler 1933

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• INDIA (Record: 1936)

Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Weber, M; Beaufort, LF (1936) The fishes of the Indo-Australian Archipelago Print times, Pataudi house, Daryaganj, New Delhi 7 607 pp Available at - NIO, Goa

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