Belone platyura   Bennett,  1832 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 278-348 mm

Color: Deep brown with greenish tinge on back and upper part of head, silvery white below, with a dark band along sides of body. Dorsal, anal and ventral yellowish hyaline, often slightly dusky distally.

Head 2.65-3.0 in standard length, 2.85-3.2 in total length. Depth of body about 17.5-19.2 in standard length, 19-21 in total length. Eye diameter 7-8 in snout, 1.6-1.8 in postorbital length of head, 3.4-4.0 in distance between origin of ventral fin and origin of anal fin and equal to or slightly more than interorbital space. Snout tip shorter than lower jaw by ¾-1 eye diameter. Postorbital length of head 2.2-2.4 in distance between origin of ventral fin and origin of anal fin. Dorsal fin origin behind a vertical through anal fin origin. Pectoral fin 1/3 eye diameter longer than postorbital length of head. Caudal peduncle depressed, with a sharp lateral keel continued on middle rays of caudal fin above lateral line. Well developed gill rakers.
Number of spines and rays in the dorsal fin: ii, 12-13; number of spines and rays in the anal fin: ii, 15-17; number of rays in the pectoral fin: i, 10-11; number of spines and rays in the ventral or pelvic fins: i, 5; number of scale rows along the lateral line: 147-165; 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: 11-12+1+4; gill raker count: 4-5+12-13.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Belone platyura Bennett, 1831
Belone (Eurycaulus) platyura Weber and de Beaufort, 1922
Belone (Eurycaulus) persimilis Balan, 1958

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

Habitat:  Reef Associated


• Lakshadweep, Agatti INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Andrott INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Bangaram INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kalpeni INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Suheli INDIA
• Red Sea
• Lakshadweep, Agatti INDIA (Record: 01/1987-04/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Amini INDIA (Record: 01/1987-04/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Bitra INDIA (Record: 01/1987-04/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Kadamatt INDIA (Record: 01/1987-04/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA (Record: 01/1987-04/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA (Record: 01/1987-04/1987)

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 -
  • Kumaran, M; Mohan, RSL and Murty, VS (1989) Other fin-fish resources Marine living resources of the union territory of Lakshadweep: An indicative survey with suggestions for development Bulletin of Central Marine Research Institute CMFRI 43 65-72 Available at -

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