Alepes djedaba   (Forsskal,  1775) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Mya Than Tun

Max. size: 40.0 cm TL

Weight: 124 gm

Color: Silvery blue-green above and silvery white below. A distinct black blotch on upper margin of opercle, bordered above by a smaller white spot, caudal fin yellowish, upper lobe dusky to black distally.

Body is compressed and oblong with both the dorsal and ventral profiles smoothly curved. Eye diameter 3.5 to 4.0 times in length of head. Upper jaw (maxilla) reaching to below anterior third of eye. Teeth villiform, in a single series in jaws, with the exception that in some large specimens the teeth may be pleuriseriate anteriorly in upper jaw. Gill rakers 27 to 31 on lower arm of first arch. Two dorsal fins; first dorsal fin with a procumbent (forward pointing) spine (embedded in skin) and 8 normal spines; second dorsal fin with 1 spine and 23 to 25 soft rays. Anal and dorsal fin bases nearly equal in length. Anal fin with 2 detached spines, followed by 1 spine and 18 to 20 soft rays. Pectoral fins falcate. Caudal fin forked. Scales on body moderate; lateral line strongly arched anteriorly to below 2nd to 4th soft dorsal ray; 33 to 51 scutes.

Dioecious, external fertilization, spawning happens as one clear seasonal peak per year, eggs are pelagic.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Alepes djedaba Talwar and Kacker, 1984
Caranx djedaba (Forsskal, 1775)
(Senior synonym)
Caranx djedaba Day, 1876
Selar djedaba (Forsskal, 1775)
Atule djedaba Forsskal, 1775
Alepes djedaba (Forsskal, 1775)
(Senior synonym)
Atule djedaba (Forsskal, 1775)
(Senior synonym)
Atule kalla (Cuvier, 1833)
(Junior synonym)
Caranx kalla Cuvier, 1833
(Junior synonym)
Caranx microbrachium Fowler, 1934
(Junior synonym)
Scomber djedaba Forsskal, 1775
(Senior synonym)
Selar djedaba (Forsskal, 1775)
(Senior synonym)
Caranx djedaba Day, 1889
Alepes djedabba (Forsskal, 1775)
Alepes djeddaba (Forsskal, 1775)
Caranx djeddaba (Forsskal, 1775)

Common Name (s)
• Djedaba Crevalle (English)
• Shitap (Marathi)
• Slender Yellowtail Kingfish (English)
• Shrimp Scad (English)
• Shrimp Caranx (English)
• Banded Scad (English)
• Para (Malayalam)
• Kakari Bangada (Marathi)
• Djeddaba Crevalle (English)
• Djeddaba Scad (English)
• Horse Mackerel (English)
• Khadwo Bangada (Gujarati)
• Gondlu (Kannada)
• Kilisai (Tamil)
• Komaraparai (Tamil)
• Parai (Tamil)
• Pulli Parai (Tamil)
• Semaparai (Tamil)
• Thenga Parai (Tamil)
• Vennai Parai (Tamil)
• Manjal Parai (Telugu)
• Para (Telugu)
• Pulli Parai (Telugu)
• Kanta
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Fisheries, game fish. Marketed fresh or frozen, dried or salted)
Cultured:  Unknown

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Estuarine, Coastal
Trophic Level:  Secondary Consumer
Prey:  Benthic copepods, other benthic crustaceans, shrimps/prawns, debris and bony fish.


• Orissa, Mahanadi Estuary (Lat: 20.32) (Long: 86.75) INDIA
• Gulf of Oman
• Maharashtra, Rajvada Bandar INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Kerala, Ponnani Estuary INDIA (Record: 03/1997-02/1999)
• Red Sea
• Orissa, Chilika INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh, Visakhapatnam INDIA
• Kerala, Kochi INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• West Bengal (Lat: 21.45) (Long: 87.9) 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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