Saurida longimanus   Norman,  1939 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Gloerfelt-Tarp, T.

Size: 25 cm.

Color: Brownish above, silvery white below. Upper half of pectoral fin and distal parts of dorsal fin and lower caudal lobe dusky. Sometimes a faint series of dark spots on upper caudal fin ray; fins otherwise without markings.

Body elongate and tubular. Several rows of teeth visible in both jaws even when mouth is closed; 2 series of teeth on palatine (roof of mouth); outer series in 2 rows anteriorly, inner series well separated from outer and in 2 or 3 narrow rows; vomer toothless. Dorsal fin rays 11 or 12, longest ray more than 3 times as long as last ray; pectoral fin very long, extending to about middle of dorsal fin base; pectoral fin rays 14. Lateral line scales 45 to 52. Pelvic rays subequal in length. Pectoral axillary scale long and pointed.

Dioecious, external fertilization, nonguarders, open water/substratum egg scatterers.

Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• Longfin Lizardfish (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Marketed fresh)



• Arabian Sea INDIA
• Bay of Bengal (Lat: 19.5) (Long: 88.83) INDIA (Record: 02/1985-06/1987) (Depth: 70 mts)
• Andhra Pradesh, Off Visakhapatnam (Lat: 17.73) (Long: 83.55) INDIA (Record: 04/1989-03/1990) (Depth: 50 mts)
• Orissa, Off Puri INDIA
• Orissa, False Point INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh, Waltair INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh, Kakinada INDIA
• West Coast INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Fischer, W and Bianchi, G (Eds.) (1984) FAO species identification sheets for fishery purposes. Western Indian Ocean (Fishing Area 51) FAO, Rome 4 Available at -
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at -
  • Balachandran, K and Nizar, MA (1990) A check list of fishes of the Exclusive Economic Zone of India collected during the research cruises of FORV Sagar Sampada Proceedings of the first workshop on scientific results of FORV Sagar Sampada CMFRI, Cochin 305-324 Available at -
  • Sujatha, K (1995) Finfish constituents of trawl by-catch off Visakhapatnam Fishery Technology Society of Fisheries Technologists 32(1) 56-60 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Biswas, KP (2009) Fishes around Indian Ocean Indian Mackerel, Rastrelliger kanagurta (Cuv) Daya publishing house Available at - NIO,Goa

Page last updated on:2011-12-30

Back to Search