Polynemus plebeius [Status Unaccepted]   (Broussonet,  1782) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Max. size: 45 cm

Color: Yellowish with grayish tinge on back and narrow grey stripes along each row of scales. Fins hyaline, edges of first dorsal, second dorsal and pectoral dusky.

Head 3.1-3.2 in standard length, 4.2-4.3 in total length. Depth of body 3.2-3.3 in standard length, 4.3-4.5 in total length. Eye diameter 3.6-4.1 in head, 0.6-0.7 in snout and equal to interorbital space. Maxillaries scaly. Anterior nostril equidistant between tip of snout and eye. Preoperculum serrated, its angle produced and rounded. Teeth in narrow bands in jaws and palatines and a small patch on vomer. First spine of dorsal fin minute, second shorter than third. Second dorsal fin origin in front of a vertical from anal fin origin, its spine equal to or slightly longer than the third spine of anal fin. Pectoral fin rays simple, as long as postorbital length of head with half eye diameter. Longest pectoral filament reaching beyond tip of ventral fin. Ventral fin equal to or slightly shorter than postorbital length of head.
Number of spines in the first dorsal fin: VIII; number of spines and rays in the second dorsal fin: I, 13; number of spines and rays in the anal fin: III, 11; number of rays in the pectoral fin: 17+5; number of spines and rays in the ventral fins: I, 5; number of scale rows along the lateral line: 60-63; 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: 6+1+13; gill raker count: 10-11+1+13-14.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Polydactylus plebeius (Broussonet, 1782)
Polynemus plebeius Broussonnet, 1782
Polydactylus plebeius Smith, 1949
Polynemus plebejus Weber and de Beaufort, 1922

Common Name (s)
• Striped Threadfin (English)
• Kela
• Mookan
• Common Tassel Fish (English)
• Kund
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Marketed fresh or frozen, dried and salted)
Importance:  Commercial
(Marketed fresh or frozen, dried and salted)

Habitat:  Benthic, Muddy
Prey:  Small crustaceans (especially shrimps and tiny crabs), fishes and other bottom living organisms


• Lakshadweep, Agatti INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Chettalatt INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Great Nicobar Island INDIA (Record: 08/2000-07/2003)
• Orissa, Gopalpur INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands INDIA
• Gujarat INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands (Lat: 13.75) (Long: 94.25) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands (Lat: 6.75) (Long: 92.16) INDIA

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