Strongylura melanota   (Bleeker)  1850 (Fish)
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Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 520 mm

Color: Dark greenish brown above, pale white below. Dorsal blackish, anal with dark outer border. Ventral and caudal dusky. Pectoral slightly dusky, posterior half of median rays blackish.

Head 3.1 in standard length, about 3.4 in total length. Depth of body 16 in standard length, 17.6 in total length. Maximum width of body about 1.3 in its depth. Eye diameter 7 in snout, about 2.2 in postorbital length of head, a little less than interorbital space and 4.8 in distance from ventral fin origin to anal fin origin. Canines in jaw short and straight. Origin of dorsal fin above first branched ray of anal. Pectoral fin equal to postorbital part of head, ventral fins much shorter. Ventral fins midway between hind border of eye and caudal base. Caudal fin deeply forked. Lateral line forming a dark keel on caudal peduncle.
Number of spines and rays in the dorsal fin: ii, 23; number of spines and rays in the anal fin: ii, 21; number of rays in the pectoral fin: i, 12; number of spines and rays in the ventral fins: i, 5; number of scale rows along the lateral line: 265; 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: 29-31+1+8-9.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Belone melanotus Bleeker 1850
Strongylura melanota Jones 1969
Tylosurus melanotus Weber and de Beaufort 1922

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



• Lakshadweep, Kalpeni INDIA (Record: 1980)
• Lakshadweep INDIA (Record: 1980)
• SEYCHELLES (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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