Upeneus (Pennon) tragula   Richardson,  1845 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Color: Head and back brownish, belly white; a dark red band runs from snout through eye to base of caudal fin; scales of back and upper sides with brown or reddish spots forming regular longitudinal lines. Both dorsal fins with horizontal brown or reddish stripes; pelvic and anal fins fins with horizontal lines of round spots; caudal fin with brown or red cross bars (4 to 6 on upper lobe and 5 to 8 on lower). Barbels yellow.

Body elongate and slender; head distinctly longer than caudal fin. Chin with two short, thin barbels. Teeth villiform in both jaws. Two widely separated dorsal fins; first fin with 8 spines (the 1st spine minute), and the second fin with 1 spine and 8 soft rays; dorsal fins about equal in height. Anal fin with 1 spine and 6 or 7 soft rays. Pelvic fins about equal in length to pectoral fins. Caudal peduncle deep, its depth about 9 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; 33 or 34 scales along lateral line.

Synonym (s)
Upeneus tragula Richardson, 1846
Upeneiodes tragula Day, 1875

Common Name (s)
• Darkband Goatfish (English)
• Chiri (Marathi)
• Galithelakanthi
• Manakkam
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial

Habitat:  Coastal


• Tamil Nadu 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 - 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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