Pentapodus setosus   (Valenciennes,  1830) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Randall, J.E.

Size: 15-18 cm.

Color: Silvery, darker on upper part of body; two silvery bands from snout to eye; a broader silvery band from behind eye along side of body to caudal fin base, ending in a black spot; silvery band along anal fin base, also ending in a black spot on caudal fin base; silvery band along dorsal fin base. Caudal fin filament black.

Body moderately slender; top of head somewhat flattened. Inferior edge of suborbital indented, curving around end of maxillary, posterior edge of suborbital tapering to a point posteriorly. Mouth terminal, with numerous small pointed (villiform) teeth and a few canines at front of jaws. Dorsal fin with 10 spines and 9 soft rays. Anal fin with 3 spines and 7 soft rays. Caudal fin moderately forked, and with a slender thread-like filament, at least as long as head length, from upper lobe. First ray of pelvic fin slightly elongated. Scales on top of head beginning behind posterior nostrils; scales in lateral line about 46; 6 or 7 rows of scales on preoperculum, preopercular margin naked.

Synonym (s)
Pentapus setosus Valenciennes, 1830
Pentapodus setosus Fowler, 1933
Dentex filiformis Seale, 1910
(Junior synonym)

Common Name (s)
• Threadfin Bream (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Fisheries; used in fish balls, fried and as duck food. Not much appreciated for food.)

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Coastal
Trophic Level:  Secondary Consumer
Prey:  Small crustaceans


• Tamil Nadu INDIA
• Southeast Coast 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 3 Available at -

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