Chelon seheli   (Forskal)  (Fish)
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Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 48-78 mm

Color: Light bluish green on back becoming silvery on sides and below. Dorsal, anal and caudal dusky. Upper edge of base of pectoral with a black spot.

Head slightly more than depth of body, 3.4-3.7 in standard length, 4.4-4.8 in total length. Eye without adipose lid, 3.6-3.8 in head, 0.7-0.8 in snout and 1.6-1.8 in slightly convex interorbital space. Upper lip thin and without papillae. Lower lip without papillae and with a double symphysial knob. Origin of first dorsal fin midway between front border of eye and base of caudal fin and above 11th-12th lateral scale. 21-22 predorsal scales. Origin of second dorsal fin slightly behind a level from that of anal fin and opposite to 23rd or 24th lateral scale. Pectoral fin shorter than head, reaching a vertical from dorsal fin origin.
Number of spines in the first dorsal fin: IV; number of spines and rays in the second dorsal fin: I, 8; number of spines and rays in the anal fin: III, 9; number of rays in the pectoral fin: ii, 15-16; number of spines and rays in the ventral fins: I, 5; number of scale rows along the midside of body from the upper corner of operculum to the midbase of caudal fin in the absence of lateral line: 39-41; 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: 13-14.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Mugil seheli Forskal, 1775
Chelon seheli Jones, 1969
Valamugil seheli Smith, 1949

Common Name (s)
• Bengu
• Thirutha
Economic Importance and Threats



• Lakshadweep, Agatti INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA
• Red Sea
• Lakshadweep INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • 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
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -

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