Ilisha filigera   (Valenciennes,  1847) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: Max length 22.0 cm SL (male/unsexed).

Color: Dorsal profile of body dark brown, flanks silvery white. Upper third of dorsal fin dark brown, pectoral and pelvic fins hyaline; margin of anal and caudal fins dark.

Body compressed, fairly deep, its depth 31 to 35% of standard length; belly with strongly keeled scutes, 23 to 26 pre-pelvic and 11 to 13 post-pelvic (total 34 to 38). Pseudobranch present, exposed. Gillrakers 19 to 23 on lower arm of first arch. Teeth uniserial in both jaws. Dorsal fin with 14 to 17 branched rays, equidistant between snout-tip and caudal fin base or slightly nearer former. Anal fin with 43 to 49 branched rays. Pelvic fins very small, slightly before dorsal fin origin. Swim bladder with a single post-coelomic extension, present on right side of body.

Synonym (s)
Ilisha xanthoptera (Bleeker, 1851)
(Junior synonym)
Pellona filigera Valenciennes, 1847
(Senior synonym)
Pellona xanthoptera Bleeker, 1851
(Junior synonym)
Pellona xanthopterus Bleeker, 1851
(Junior synonym)
Ilisha filigera Misra, 1976

Common Name (s)
• Jewelled Ilisha (English)
• Gobar (Marathi)
• Kati (Marathi)
• Bigeye Ilisha
• Common Ilisha (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial

Habitat:  Pelagic, Reef Associated, Estuarine, Coastal


• East Coast INDIA
• Maharashtra, Mumbai INDIA
• Bay of Bengal (Lat: 19.5) (Long: 87.83) INDIA (Record: 02/1985-06/1987) (Depth: 51-175 mts)
• Bay of Bengal (Lat: 20.41) (Long: 88.83) INDIA (Record: 02/1985-06/1987) (Depth: 51-175 mts)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Great Nicobar Island INDIA (Record: 08/2000-07/2003)
• Orissa INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh, Lawsons Bay INDIA
• West Bengal (Lat: 21.45) (Long: 87.9) INDIA

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