Pomadasys opercularis   (Playfair)  1867 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Chilika Development Authority

Size: 80 cm

Color: Back grey green shading to silvery white on belly; back and flanks with numerous small dark brown spots that extend also onto dorsal fin. Pelvic and anal fins dark.

Oblong and compressed body, its depth is about 1/3rd of standard length. Head is blunt. Its upper profile is concave. Mouth is small with a thick lip. Maxilla reaches to below nostrils. Teeth in villiform bands and its outer series is slightly enlarged. Dorsal fin has 11 or 12 spines and 13 to 16 soft rays. Anal fin has 3 spines and 8 to 10 soft rays; the second spine conspicuously longer than third. Body covered with ctenoid scales.

Breeds in late summer season.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Pristipoma operculare Playfair 1866

Common Name (s)
• Kokoraba
• Smallspotted Grunt (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Marketed either fresh or salted.)

Habitat:  Estuarine, Coastal


• Orissa, Chilika INDIA (Record: 2009)
• Northwest Coast INDIA (Record: 1984)

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
  • Talwar, PK and Kacker, RK (1984) Commercial sea fishes of India ZSI, Calcutta 997 pp Available at - NIO, Goa

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