Scomberoides sancti-petri   (Cuvier)  (Fish)
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Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 365-405 mm

Color: Dark bluish above, silvery to yellowish below, tip of jaws slightly blackish, a dark blue oblique band from upper edge of gill opening to axil of pectoral, about 8 dark blotches on sides becoming smaller posteriorly above lateral line and 5-6 dark blotches just below lateral line. Anterior rays of dorsal with black blotch on distal 2/3rd, rest of the fin dusky; anal fin with black blotch between 2nd and 4th rays; caudal dusky; pectoral dusky with pale margin; ventral pale, first two rays often dusky.

Head 4.3-4.6 in standard length, 5.3-5.6 in total length. Depth of body 4.0-4.3 in standard length, 5.0-5.3 in total length. Eye diameter 4.5-5.2 in head, 1.2-1.4 in pointed snout and 1.4-1.6 in interorbital space. Maxillary extending to or just beyond hind border of eye. A villiform band of teeth anteriorly in upper jaw, posteriorly in a single row; in two rows in lower jaw; villiform teeth on vomer, palatines, pterygoids and tongue. Dorsal fin spines flattened and not overlapping. Anterior rays of soft dorsal fins high, more than half length of head, anterior rays of anal fin slightly shorter. Pectoral fin almost equal to postorbital length of head with half diameter of eye together; ventral fin slightly shorter. Scales more or less lanceolate, pointed.
Number of spines in the first dorsal fin: VII; number of spines in the second dorsal fin: I, 20-21; number of spines and rays in the anal fin: II, I, 18-19; number of rays in the pectoral fin: ii, 14-15; number of spines and rays in the ventral fin: I, 5; gill raker count: 6-7+1+15-17.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Chorinemus sancti petri Cuvier and Valenciennes 1831
Chorinemus Sancti-Petri Day 1878
Chorinemus sanctipetri Smith 1949
Chorinemus sancti-petri Munro 1955
Chorinemus sancti petri Weber and de Beaufort 1931
Scomberoides sancti-petri Jones 1969

Common Name (s)
• Karivali
• Phunudi
Economic Importance and Threats



• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA (Record: 1980)
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA (Record: 1980)
• Red Sea (Record: 1980)
• Lakshadweep INDIA (Record: 1980)
• INDIA (Record: 1980)
• SRI LANKA (Record: 1980)

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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