Plectorhynchus schotaf   (Forsskal)  1775 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Color: Body dusky grey to almost silvery grey, usually darker with age, the young sometimes with faint blue lines below eye and along body; hind edge of preopercle, sometimes opercle, with red line. Pectoral fins dusky; pelvic fins dusky with its spine whitish.

Body oblong and compressed, its depth 2.5 to 3.0 in standard length; snout profile convex. Lips thin in young, somewhat swollen with age; lower jaw shorter. Dorsal fin with 12 spines and 17 to 20 soft rays, the spines moderate; base of soft dorsal fin usually slightly exceeds that of spinous fin. Anal fin with 3spines and 7 soft rays, the second spine stronger and usually little longer than third. Caudal fin truncate in young, slightly emarginate with age. Scales small; predorsal scales to nostrils, front of preorbital naked.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Sciaena abu-mgaterin schotaf Forsskal 1775
Diagramma griseum (nec Cuvier) Day 1875

Common Name (s)
• Grey Sweetlip (English)
• Harvil (Marathi)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial



• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar 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 -

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