Upeneus (Upeneus) vittatus   (Lacepede,  1801) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Color: Head and back bronze, belly white; 3 deep-bronze longitudinal bands above lateral line (one of them median, running along dorsal profile) and 2 yellow bands below lateral line (the upper crossing the lateral line at level of second dorsal fin). Both dorsal fins white, with 3 horizontal stripes, the uppermost (at tips of fin) black, the others grey; no marks on anal fin; upper lobe of caudal fin with 4 or 5 grey or black cross bars, alternating with slightly broader white bars; lower lobe with 3 or 4 grey or black cross bars, the third forming a characteristic black square.

Body elongate and rather robust. Chin with two short, thin barbels. Teeth villiform in both jaws. Two widely separated dorsal fins; first fin with 8 spines, and the second dorsal fin with 1 spine and 8 soft rays. Anal fin with 1 spine and 7 soft rays. Pelvic fins short, about 2/3rds length of pectoral fins. Scales ctenoid; 6 or 7 vertical rows of scales along space between dorsal fins, 12 vertical rows of scales along upper part of caudal peduncle.

Synonym (s)
Mullus vittatus Lacepede (nec Forsskal, 1801)
Upeneoides vittatus Day, 1876

Common Name (s)
• Yellowstriped Goatfish (English)
• Cheerul (Malayalam)
• Chidi (Marathi)
• Chahtiinguddah
• Manakkam
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial

Habitat:  Coastal


• Andhra Pradesh INDIA
• Kerala INDIA
• Karnataka INDIA
• Maharashtra INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Kilakarai INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Rameswaram INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar 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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