Ambassis commersoni   Cuvier,  1828 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Causse, R

Size: 9.4 cm.

Color: In preserved specimens yellowish brown with a silvery lateral band. Fin-membrane between second and third dorsal spine dusky, blackish in its distal part.

Oblong, dorsal profile ascending in a curved line from snout to dorsal with a slight depression above eye. Height 2.5-2.8, 3.2-3.7 in length with caudal. Head 2.9-3, 3.6-4 in length with caudal. Eye 2.7-3.1. Snout about equal to interorbital space, which is two thirds or three fourths of eye. Mouth very oblique. Chin prominent. Maxillary reaching to below anterior border of pupil, somewhat dilated posteriorly, with the hindborder a little emarginate. Pointed teeth in three rows in upper jaw, in two rows in lower and in a single row on in upper jaw, in two rows in lower and in a single row on vomer and palatines. Teeth on tongue. Praeorbital coarsely serrated, as well as horizontal border of praeoperculum and praeopercular ridge, last named with a stronger spine at angle. Interoperculum smooth, with a single spine at its posterior angle. Orbital rim rough. Supraorbital ridge smooth, ending posteriorly in a single spine. Two rows of scales on cheeks. Scales of nape smaller that those of body, 17-22 scales between occiput and dorsal. First dorsal spine minute, second one stronger and longer than the others, almost as long as head. Third anal spine somewhat longer than second one and than eighth dorsal spine and equal to snout and eye. Pectorals shorter than head, but longer than ventrals, which are about equal to head without snout. Caudal deeply forked. Lateral line continuously, slightly ascending to below spinous part of dorsal and more abruptly descending again to median line of tail. Least height of caudal peduncle about 1.3 in its length, equal to postorbital part of head.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Ambassis commersoni Day, 1875
Ambassis commersoni Talwar and Jhingran, 1991
Ambassis ambassis (Lacepede, 1802)
(Senior synonym)
Ambassis commersonii Cuvier, 1828
(Junior synonym)
Ambassis klunzingeri Steindachner, 1881
(Junior synonym)
Ambassis urotaenia (non Bleeker, 1852)
(Misapplied name)
Aspro ambassis (Lacepede, 1802)
(Senior synonym)
Centropomus ambassis Lacepede, 1802
(Senior synonym)
Chanda commersonii (Cuvier, 1828)
(Junior synonym)
Ambassis ambassis Fowler, 1905
Ambassis commersoni Day, 1878
Ambassis commersoni de Beaufort, 1913
Ambassis commersoni Hora, 1924
Ambassis commersonii Bleeker, 1849
Ambassis commersonii Gunther, 1859
Ambassis commersonii Klunzinger, 1870
Ambassis commersonii Bleeker, 1877
Ambassis commersonii Macleay, 1881
Ambassis commersonii Sauvage, 1891
Ambassis commersonii Reuvens, 1894
Ambassis commersonii Jatzow and Lenz, 1899
Ambassis grundleri C. Popta, 1918
Ambassis klunzingeri Steindachner, 1881
Ambassis klunzingeri Klunzinger, 1884
Ambassis macracanthus Bleeker, 1853
Ambassis productus Guichenot, 1866
Centropomus ambassis Lacepede, 1802
Chanda ambassis Chaudhuri, 1923
Sciaena safgha Forskal, 1775

Common Name (s)
• Commersons Glassy Perchlet (English)
• Aringil (Malayalam)
• Kachki (Marathi)
• Selanthaan (Tamil)
• Arinjil (Tamil)
• Commerson's Glassy Perchlet
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Demersal, Estuarine
Prey:  Mainly animals
Predator:  Shore birds (eg. Ceryle rudis, family: Cerylidae)


• Orissa, Mahanadi Estuary (Lat: 20.32) (Long: 86.75) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Pichavaram Mangrove Forest (Lat: 11.03) (Long: 79.78) INDIA
• Orissa, Chilika Lake INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai Coast INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Kerala, Ponnani Estuary INDIA (Record: 03/1997-02/1999)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Great Nicobar Island INDIA (Record: 08/2000-07/2003)
• Goa, Panjim INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• West Bengal (Lat: 21.45) (Long: 87.9) INDIA

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