Cybiosarda elegans   (Whitley,  1935) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Color: The back is deep blue, covered with elongate black spots; the belly is light with several stripes. It has a combination of spots and broken bars above and continuous longitudinal lines below, dark on an iridescent greenish-blue background. First dorsal is strikingly parti-coloured, being jet black in front and pearly-white behind.

Mouth rather large, upper jaw reaching to hind margin of eye. Laminae of olfactory rosette 28 to 33. Interpelvic process small and bifid. Body mostly naked behind the well developed corselet except for a band of scales along the bases of dorsal and anal fins and patches around the bases of the pectoral and pelvic fins. Swim bladder absent.

Synonym (s)
Scomberomorus elegans Whitley, 1935
Gymnosarda elegans (Whitley, 1935)

Common Name (s)
• Leaping Bonito (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Taken as bait for snappers by commercial fishers, and for marlins and sharks by sport fishers. Its meat is white and dry and is good when smoked or served steamed with moderately flavored white sauce; gamefish; bait)

Habitat:  Pelagic


• Andaman Sea INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Jones, S and Silas, EG (1960) Indian tunas—A preliminary review, with a key for their identification Indian Journal of Fisheries CMFRI 7 (2) 369-393 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 -
  • Encyclopedia of Life Available at -
  • Pillai, PKM and Augustine, SK (2000) A code list of common marine living resources of the Indian seas CMFRI Special Publication No.12 CMFRI 1-115 Available at -

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