Echeneis naucratus   (Linnaeus)  (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Randall, JE

Size (male): 110 cm TL

Max. published weight: 2.3 kg

Body depth contained in 8-14 times in SL; caudal fin in adults almost truncate with the upper and lower lobes longer than the middle rays; first dorsal fin replaced by a transversal, laminated, oval cephalic disc with 16-18 laminae. Dorsal spines (total): 0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 32 - 42; Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 29 - 41. With a dark mid-lateral stripe bordered by narrow white stripes above and below.

Synonym (s)
Echeneis chiromacer Duméril 1858
(Ambiguous synonym)
Echeneis fasciata Gronow 1854
(Junior synonym)
Echeneis fusca Gronow 1854
(Junior synonym)
Echeneis lunata Bancroft 1831
(Junior synonym)
Echeneis guaican Poey 1860
(Junior synonym)
Echeneis metallica Poey 1860
(Junior synonym)
Echeneis naucrates Linnaeus 1758
(Senior synonym)
Echeneis scaphecrates Duméril 1858
(Ambiguous synonym )
Echeneis vittata Rüppell 1838
(Junior synonym)
Leptecheneis flaviventris Seale 1906
(Junior synonym)
Leptecheneis naucrates (Linnaeus) 1758
(Senior synonym)

Common Name (s)
• Feesung (Mahl)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Fisheries, gamefish, aquarium)

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Estuarine
Trophic Level:  Secondary Consumer
Prey:  Planktonic invertebrates


• Orissa, Chilika Lake INDIA (Record: 1995)

Literature Source(s)
  • Rama Rao, KV (1995) Pisces Wetland ecosystem series 1: Fauna of Chilika lake ZSI, Calcutta 483-506 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at -

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