Datnioides polota   (Hamilton)  1822 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Chilika Development Authority

Size: 30 cm

Color: Color pattern highly variable.

Elevated and strongly compressed body. Eyes are large. Mouth is large, upper jaw is protrusible. Every alternate dorsal spine is thickened on one side. Anal spine is strong and the second longest. Body covered with small scales, lateral line has about 70 scales. Dorsal spines (total): 12; Dorsal soft rays (total): 13 - 14; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 8 - 9. Predorsal profile strongly concave; total gill rakers on first arch 20-23; scales large, about 40-60 in lateral series; anal fin branched rays 9. Up to 7 full vertical bars on body, sometimes with 1 to 4 partial bars between full bars.

Breeds in rainy season.

Synonym (s)
Chaetodon quadrifasciatus Sevastianoff 1809
(Junior synonym)
Coius binotatus Gray 1834
(Junior synonym)
Coius polota Hamilton 1822
(Senior synonym)
Coius quadrifasciatus (Sevastianof) 1809
(Junior synonym)
Datnioides polota (Hamilton) 1822
(Senior synonym)
Datnioides quadrifasciatus (Sevastianof) 1809
(Junior synonym)
Lobotes hexazona Bleeker 1851
(Junior synonym)

Common Name (s)
• Four Barred Tigerfish (English)
• Bheranda
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Fisheries, marketed fresh)

Habitat:  Bentho Pelagic, Estuarine
Prey:  Fishes, prawns, crabs and some insect larvae.


• Orissa, Chilika INDIA (Record: 2009)
• INDIA (Record: 2009)
• BANGLADESH (Record: 2009)
• MYANMAR (Record: 2009)

Literature Source(s)
  • Satapathy, D and Panda, S (2009) Fish atlas of Chilika Chilika Development Authority, Bhubaneswar 74 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at - http://www.fishbase.org

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