Alepes vari   (Cuvier,  1833) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: Max length 56.0 cm TL (male/unsexed); common length 30.0 cm FL (male/unsexed)

Color: Body bluish green above, paler below. Spinous dorsal fin distinctly dusky; pectoral and pelvic fins pale. A black opercular spot present.

Body oblong and moderately compressed, its dorsal and ventral profiles regularly and evenly convex. Eye diameter about 4.0 times in head length. Upper jaw (maxilla) extending to below front edge of eye. Teeth villiform, in a single series in both jaws. Gill rakers 22 to 24 on lower arm of first arch. Two dorsal fins; first dorsal fin with a procumbent (forward pointing) spine (embedded in skin) and 8 normal spines; second dorsal fin with 1 spine and 25 to 27 soft rays; second dorsal fin base conspicuously longer than anal fin base. Anal fin with 2 detached spines, followed by 1 spine and 21 to 23 soft rays. Pectoral fins falcate. Caudal fin deeply forked. Scales on body moderate; lateral line strongly arched anteriorly to below 1st or 2nd soft dorsal ray, with 61 to 69 scutes.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Caranx vari Cuvier, 1833
Alepes glabra Fowler, 1904
(Junior synonym)
Alepes macrurus (Bleeker, 1851)
(Junior synonym)
Alepes vari (Cuvier, 1833)
(Senior synonym)
Caranx macrurus (Bleeker, 1851)
(Junior synonym)
Caranx vari Cuvier, 1833
(Senior synonym)
Selar macrurus Bleeker, 1851
(Junior synonym)

Common Name (s)
• Duskyfin Crevalle (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial

Habitat:  Pelagic, Estuarine, Coastal
Trophic Level:  Secondary Consumer
Prey:  Shrimps, copepods, decapods and small fishes


• Southwest Coast INDIA
• Kerala INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh, Visakhapatnam INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh, Off Visakhapatnam (Lat: 17.73) (Long: 83.55) INDIA (Record: 04/1989-03/1990) (Depth: 50 mts)
• West Bengal (Lat: 21.45) (Long: 87.9) INDIA

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 -
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at -
  • Fischer, W and Bianchi, G (Eds.) (1984) FAO species identification sheets for fishery purposes. Western Indian Ocean; (Fishing area 51). FAO, Rome 1 Available at -
  • Shameem, A and Dutt, S (1986) Fishes of the family carangidae from Visakhaptnam: List if species and new records from the Indian seas Journal of the marine biological association of India The marine biological association of India 28(1&2) 159-162 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Sujatha, K (1995) Finfish constituents of trawl by-catch off Visakhapatnam Fishery Technology Society of Fisheries Technologists 32(1) 56-60 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Das, P; De, SP; Bhowmik, RM; Pandit, IK; Sengupta, R; Nandi, AC; Thakurta, SC and Saha, S (2007) Piscine diversity of West Bengal Fishing chimes 27(5) 15-28 Available at - NIO, Goa

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