Thrissina baelama   (Forsskal,  1775) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Color: Upper surface of body dark blur or brownish, flanks and lower part silvery; no silvery stripe on flanks.

Body fusiform, slightly compressed. Belly rounded, with abdominal scutes, 4 to 9 pre-pelvic and 7 to 10 post-pelvic; occasionally a single plate-like scute at isthmus. Snout prominent, slightly pointed; maxilla tip pointed and projecting just beyond articulation of lower jaw; isthmus reaching to hind border of gill membrane. Gill rakers 19 to 26 on lower arm of first arch, moderately long and slender. Dorsal fin with 14 to 16 rays, a small blunt spine before fin. Anal with iii 24 to 32 rays, its origin slightly behind last dorsal dorsal ray.

Synonym (s)
Clupea baelama Forsskal, 1775
Engraulis boelama Day, 1878
Engraulis baelama Day, 1889
Thrissina baelama Whitehead, 1973
Thrissocles baelama Misra, 1976

Common Name (s)
• Baelama Anchovy (English)
• Poruva (Tamil)
• Oruttuporuvaa (Tamil)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial

Habitat:  Pelagic, Coastal


• Andaman Sea INDIA (Record: 1984)
• INDIA (Record: 1984)

Literature Source(s)
  • Talwar, PK and Kacker, RK (1984) Commercial sea fishes of India ZSI, Calcutta 997 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Whitehead, PJP (1972) A synopsis of the clupeoid fishes of India Journal of the marine biological association of India The marine biological association of India 14(1) 160-256 Available at - NIO, Goa

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