Strongylura gigantea   (Temminck & Schlegel)  1846 (Fish)
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Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 155-437 mm

Color: Brownish above, pale silvery below with a narrow bluish green band from opercle to base of caudal. Fins yellowish with greenish tinge, hind half of dorsal and median caudal rays blackish distally.

Head 3.0-3.3 in standard length, 3.3-3.65 in total length. Depth of body 15-17 in standard length, 16.6-19.0 in total length. Width of body about 1.2 in depth. Eye diameter 6.0-7.2 in snout, 2.2-2.5 in postorbital length of head, 1.1-1.3 in interorbital space and 4.5-5.6 in distance between origin of ventral and anal fins. Postorbital length 2.0-2.2 in distance between origin of ventral and anal fins. Interorbital groove broad and shallow, supraorbital region striated feebly. Canines well developed, those on upper jaw curved a little forward. Middle dorsal fin rays shorter than hinder rays. Dorsal fin origin slightly behind a vertical through anal fin origin. Pectoral fin a little longer than postorbital length of head. Ventral fin shorter than postorbital part of head and situated nearer to eye than to base of caudal fin. Caudal fin forked, lower lobe longer. Lateral line forming a slightly elevated dark brown ridge or keel on caudal peduncle.
Number of spines and rays in the dorsal fin: ii, 20-22; number of spines and rays in the anal fin: ii, 18-20; number of rays in the pectoral fin: i, 12-13; number of spines and rays in the ventral fins: i, 5; number of scale rows along the lateral line: 215-230; number of horizontal scale rows usually counted from origin of the dorsal fin to the lateral line and from anal origin to the lateral line: 23-25+1+6-7.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Belone gigantea Temminck and Schlegel 1846
Belone annulata Day 1878
Strongylura gigantea Schultz 1953
Tylosurus annulatus Weber and de Beaufort 1922

Common Name (s)
• Dethuntholi
• Oola
• Keran
Economic Importance and Threats



• Lakshadweep, Agatti INDIA (Record: 1980)
• Lakshadweep, Amini INDIA (Record: 1980)
• Lakshadweep, Chettalatt INDIA (Record: 1980)
• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA (Record: 1980)
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA (Record: 1980)
• Lakshadweep INDIA (Record: 1980)
• SEYCHELLES (Record: 1980)
• INDIA (Record: 1980)

Literature Source(s)
  • Wafar, MVM (2003) Checklists of reef fauna Available at -
  • Jones, S and Kumaran, M (1980) Fishes of the Laccadive Archipelago The Nature Conservation and Aquatic Sciences Service, Trivandrum, Kerala 760 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -

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