Scomber janesaba   Bleeker  1854 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Size: 13 cm.

Color: In preserved specimens the back is light violet, with about 30 transverse more or less oblique indigo bars from occiput to base of caudal, more or less broken into spots below the lateral line and otherwise also very irregularly arranged, sometimes united below and forming a V, or united at both eands and forming an O. A dark bar along base of pectorals. Fins yellowish, first dorsal dusky.

Height 5.2-5.5, 6.4 in length with caudal. Head 3.2-3.5, 3.8 in length with caudal. Eye 3.9-4.2, 1.2-1.4 in snout, and somewhat more than flat inter orbital space. Mouth oblique. Maxillary reaching to below frontborder of eye. In each ramus of the jaws a row of about 30 teeth, which are slightly hooked at tip, those of the lower jaw slightly longer than those of the upper jaw. A few similar teeth is one row on the vomer, and in a row of about 10 on palatines. 22-27 gill rakers on lower branch of first arch. Lateral line gradually descending to below end of second dorsal, forming here a slightly steper bent downwards, and then continued in a horizontal direction on caudal peduncle. First dorsal spine slightly less than second, which is longest and equal to post orbital part of head. Following spines rapidly decreasing in length, the last less than pupil. Anterior rays of second dorsal much lower than spines of first dorsal, and about equal to eye, last rays half as long, the upper border of the fin somewhat concave. First anal spine very short but rather strong second spine half as long as anterior anal rays, which equal diameter of eye in length. Origin of anal slightly behind that of second dorsal. Pectorals slightly longer than ventrals, equal to post orbital part of head. A light patch on snout immediately before and partly between eyes.

Remarks: values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Scomber pneumatophorus japonicus, var. minor Schlegel 1942
Scomber janeseba Bleeker 1854
Scomber janeseba Klunzinger 1884
Scomber janeseba Day 1888
Scomber japonicus Jordan and Evermann 1905
Scomber japonicus Kishinouye 1923
Scomber chryzozonus Fowler 1938

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• INDIA (Record: 1951)

Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Beaufort, LF and Chapman, WM (1951) The fishes of the Indo-Australian Archipelago A. J. Reprints agency, Karol Bagh, New Delhi 9 484 pp Available at - NIO, Goa

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