Sarda orientalis   (Temminck & Schlegel,  1844) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 30-102 cm.

Max. weight reported: 10.7 kg

Color: The back and upper sides of the fish are steel-blue in color with 5-11 dark and slightly oblique stripes running forward and downwards. Lower sides and belly silvery. Juveniles (to 30 cm fork length) with several transverse bars. First dorsal fin solid black.

The striped bonito is a slender-bodied tuna with a pointed snout. Mouth rather wide, upper jaw reaching beyond hind margin of eye; teeth fairly large and conical, 12 to 20 on each side in upper jaw, 10 to 17 in each lower jaw; no tooth patches on upper surface of tongue; 8 to 13 gillrakers on first arch. Dorsal fins close together, the first (spiny) very long, (17 to 19 spines) and straight or only slightly concave in outline; 7 to 9 dorsal and 6 to 7 anal finlets; pectoral fins short; pelvic fins separated by 2 flaps (interpelvic process). Lateral line conspicuously wavy. Body completely covered with very small scales except on the well developed corselet. Caudal peduncle slender, with a prominent lateral keel between 2 smaller keels on each side. Laminae of olfactory rosette 21 to 39. Swim bladder absent. Spleen large and prominent in ventral view. Liver with elongate left and right lobes and a short middle lobe. Back with narrow oblique stripes. Head large, maxilla more than half the length of head. Corselet not large, not extending beyond tip of pectoral. Lateral line arched above the pectoral and slightly undulating over the body. Teeth more in upper jaw (10-14) than in the lower jaw (7-12). Finlets 7-8/5.7. Gill rakers small in number varying from
1+8 to 4+10,but mostly around 3+9 in samples from the Indian coasts.

The species is heterosexual. Dioecious, external fertilization. Spawning frequency variable throughout range. Nonguarders, open water or substratum egg scatterers.

Synonym (s)
Sarda orientalis (Jordan & Snyder, 1900)
Sarda velox (Meek & Hildebrand, 1923)
Sarda orientalis serventyi (Whitely, 1945)
Pelamys orientalis Temminck and Schlegel, 1842
Pelamys chilensis Day, 1889
Sarda orientalis Kishinouye, 1923
Pelamys orientalis Temminck & Schlegel, 1844
Sarda velox Meek & Hildebrand, 1923
Scarda chilensis var. Orientalis Stemindachner and Doderlein, 1883
Sarda chilensis (nec Cuvier) Smith, 1949

Common Name (s)
• Striped Bonito (English)
• Oriental Bonito (English)
• Vari Choora (Malayalam)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Fisheries, gamefish, marketed fresh or frozen, dried and salted, canned; major food item.)

Habitat:  Pelagic, Coastal
Trophic Level:  Tertiary Consumer
Prey:  Zoobenthos, nekton, benthic crustaceans, cephalopods, finfish, crabs, lobsters, shrimps, squids, bony fish
Predator:  Carcharhinus tilstoni


• Kerala, Vizhinjam INDIA
• West Coast INDIA
• Gulf of Oman
• Tamil Nadu, Tuticorin INDIA (Record: 1989-2002)
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai INDIA
• Arabian Sea (Lat: 16.5) (Long: 72.35) INDIA (Record: 02/1985-06/1987) (Depth: 104 mts)
• Kerala INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Kanniyakumari INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Off South West Coast INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Tuticorin INDIA

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