Upeneus (Pennon) bensasi   (Temminck and Schlegel,  1842) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Color: Head and back dark brown, sides golden, belly whitish. Both dorsal fins golden, with red stripes (second dorsal fin) or marblings (first dorsal fin); pelvic fins with red stripes; anal fin yellow or orange, without any marks; caudal fin golden yellow, with 4 to 6 oblique red bars across upper lobe, and 10 or more across lower lobe. Barbels and gill membrane golden.

Body elongate and slender. Chin with two short, thin barbels. Teeth villiform in both jaws. Two widely separated dorsal fins, the first fin with 7 spines (the first spine longest) and second fin with 1 spine and 8 soft rays. Anal fin with 1 spine and 6 soft rays. Pelvic fins about equal in length to pectoral fins. Caudal peduncle moderately deep, its depth about 10 times in standard length. Scales ctenoid; 4 vertical rows of scales along space between dorsal fins; 10 vertical rows of scales along upper part of caudal peduncle.

Synonym (s)
Mullus bensasi Schlegel, 1842
Upeneoides bensasi Day, 1875

Common Name (s)
• Yellowfin Goatfish (English)
• Te Nevere (Tamil)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial

Habitat:  Coastal



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 - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Fischer, W and Whitehead, PJP (1974) FAO species identification sheets for fishery purposes. Eastern Indian Ocean - Fishing Area 57 and Western Central Pacific - Fishing Area 71 3 Available at - http://www.fao.org/docrep/009/e9163e/e9163e00.htm

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