Johnius aneus   Bloch  1793 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Color: Dark grey on back, silvery on flanks and belly.

A small species with a prominent, swollen snout. Mouth slightly inferior, the upper jaw (maxilla) extending to below posterior edge of eye. Teeth villiform, differentiated in size in both jaws, the outer row in upper jaw and inner row in lower jaw enlarged, no canine teeth. Gillrakers about 16 on lower arm of first arch. Dorsal fin with 10 spines, followed by a notch, second part of fin with 1 spine and 24 or 25 soft rays. Anal fin with 2 spines and 7 soft rays. Caudal fin rhomboid. Scales cycloid on head and breast, elsewhere ctenoid. Gasbladder hammer-shaped, with 13 or 14 pairs of arborescent appendages, the first entering head.

Synonym (s)
Johnius aneus Bloch 1793
Sciaena osseus Day 1876
Sciaena ossea Day 1889

Common Name (s)
• Bloch's Croaker (English)
• Kallur (Kannada)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial



• Southwest Coast 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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