Upeneus (Upeneus) sulphureus   Cuvier,  1829 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Color: Head reddish, back greenish bronze, lower sides and belly yellow; 2 lemon yellow longitudinal bands along sides, the upper from eye to caudal peduncle and the lower from axil of pectoral fin to caudal peduncle. Both dorsal fins white, with 3 horizontal stripes, the uppermost (at tips of fin) black; the others grey; no marks on anal or caudal fins, the latter with a dusky margin.

Body elongate and rather deep. Chin with two thin, short barbels. Teeth in several rows in both jaws. Gillrakers 18 to 22 on lower arm of first arch. Two dorsal fins; first dorsal fin with 8 spines; second dorsal fin with 1 spine and 8 soft rays. Anal fin with 1 spine and 6 soft rays. Pelvic fins short, about 2/3rds the length of pectoral fins. Scales ctenoid; scale rows 5 between space of dorsal fins; 12 vertical scale rows along upper part of caudal peduncle.

Synonym (s)
Upeneus sulphureus Cuvier, 1829
Upeneoides sulphureus Day, 1876

Common Name (s)
• Yellow Goatfish (English)
• Rahtee Goolirindi (Telugu)
• Sennagarai (Tamil)
• Chidi (Marathi)
• Cheeri (Gujarati)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial



• Andhra Pradesh INDIA (Record: 1984)
• Kerala INDIA (Record: 1984)
• Karnataka INDIA (Record: 1984)
• Maharashtra INDIA (Record: 1984)
• Tamil Nadu, Kilakarai INDIA (Record: 1984)
• Tamil Nadu, Rameswaram INDIA (Record: 1984)
• Tamil Nadu, Palk Bay INDIA (Record: 1984)
• 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 - 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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