Scomberoides tala   (Cuvier,  1832) (Fish)
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Class: Actinopterygii

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Size (male): 70.0 cm TL

Color: Body silvery, the flanks with 4 to 8 vertically elongate blotches, most of them intersecting lateral line. Dorsal and anal fins uniformly pigmented.

Elongate and compressed body with a concave frontal profile and pointed snout. Eye diameter 4.5 to 5.0 times in head length, equal to or less than snout length. Upper jaw (maxilla) extends little beyond the posterior margin of pupil in adults. Teeth are arranged in a single row in upper jaw and in two rows in lower jaw; the anterior teeth in upper jaw somewhat enlarged and canine-like in young specimens. Gill-rakers 1 to 3 + 7 to 11, total 11 to 15 on first arch. Two dorsal fins; the first dorsal fin has 1 procumbent spine (becoming embedded with age) and 6 or 7 normal spines; the second dorsal fin has 1 spine and 19 soft rays. Anal fin has 2 detached spines, followed by 1 spine and 19 to 21 soft rays; dorsal and anal fin bases about equal in length; dorsal and anal fins with 7 or 8 soft rays, finlet-like but not fully separated. Anal fin with 2 detached spines, followed by 1 spine and 17 to 19 soft rays. Pectoral fins are short but not falcate. Lateral line is indistinct and appears to be almost straight with a slight angular elevation above the last third of pectoral fin. Scales lanceolate.

Synonym (s)
Chironemus tala Cuvier, 1831
Chironemus tala Day, 1876
Chironemus toloo Day, 1876
Scomberoides tala Talwar and Kacker, 1984
Chorinemus tala Munro, 1955
Chorinemus hainanensis Chu & Cheng, 1958
(Junior synonym)
Chorinemus tala Cuvier, 1832
(Senior synonym)
Scomberoides hainanensis (Chu & Cheng, 1958)
(Junior synonym)
Scomberoides tala (Cuvier, 1832)
(Senior synonym)
Chorinemus toloo Cuvier : Day, 1876
Scomberoides tala Smith-Vaniz and Staiger, 1973

Common Name (s)
• Deep Queenfish (English)
• Tollo Parch
• Barred queenfish (English)
• Sag (Gujarati)
• Dagol (Marathi)
• Falai (Marathi)
• Toloo-parah (Telugu)
• Toal-parah (Tamil)
• Parei
• Katta
• Tol Para (Tamil)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Fisheries, Marketed fresh or frozen, dried and salted)

Habitat:  Pelagic, Reef Associated, Coastal
Trophic Level:  Tertiary Consumer
Prey:  Nekton, finfish


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Orissa, Mahanadi Estuary (Lat: 20.32) (Long: 86.75) INDIA
• Orissa, Chilika Lake INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Bay of Bengal INDIA
• Orissa, Chilika INDIA
• West Bengal INDIA
• Orissa INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Port Blair INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Pulicat Lake INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh, Vishakhapatnam INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• West Bengal (Lat: 21.45) (Long: 87.9) INDIA

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