Apolectus niger [Status Unaccepted]   (Bloch,  1793) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Color: Body grey brown, with a blue-grey tinge; lower portion of head and body lighter; fins brownish with darker edges. Young individuals with dorsal and anal fins black; caudal fin yellowish with 3 brown cross bars.

Body diamond-shaped, fairly deep and compressed. Teeth small in a single row in jaws, deciduous. Dorsal and anal fins long, spines present only in young specimens. Pectoral fins long, falcate; pelvic fins absent in adults. Caudal fin forked. Scales of lateral line scute-like on caudal peduncle.

Synonym (s)
Stromateus niger Bloch 1795

Common Name (s)
• Black Pompfret (English)
• Pomfret (English)
• Baal (Oriya)
• Chanduva (Telugu)
• Thellachanduva (Telugu)
• Nallachanduva (Telugu)
• Vavval (Tamil)
• Vellaivaval (Tamil)
• Karuvaval (Tamil)
• Avoli (Malayalam)
• Vellavoli (Malayalam)
• Karuvoli (Malayalam)
• Thondrotte (Kannada)
• Halwa (Marathi)
• Halwa (Gujarati)
• Adadio (Gujarati)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial

Habitat:  Coastal


• Orissa, Chilika Lake INDIA (Record: 1995)
• Kerala, Ponnani Estuary INDIA (Record: 03/1997-02/1999)
• Andhra Pradesh, Off Visakhapatnam (Lat: 17.73) (Long: 83.55) INDIA (Record: 04/1989-03/1990) (Depth: 50 mts)

Literature Source(s)
  • Rama Rao, KV (1995) Pisces Wetland ecosystem series 1: Fauna of Chilika lake ZSI, Calcutta 483-506 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Wafar, MVM (2003) Checklists of reef fauna Available at - http://www.reefindia.org/
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Bijukumar, A and Sushama, S (2000) Ichthyofauna of Ponnani estuary, Kerala Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India The Marine Biological Association of India, Cochin 42(1&2) 182-189 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Talwar, PK and Kacker, RK (1984) Commercial sea fishes of India ZSI, Calcutta 997 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Bapat, SV; Deshmukh, VM; Krishnamoorthi, B; Muthiah, C; Kagwade, PV; Ramamirtham, CP; Mathew, KJ; Pillai, SK and C. Mukundan (1982) Species composition, distribution and abundance of major groups/species Fishery resources of the Exclusive Economic Zone of the NorthWest coast of India Bulletin Of Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute CMFRI, Kochi 33 1-86 Available at - http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/808/1/Bulletin_No_33.pdf
  • Sujatha, K (1995) Finfish constituents of trawl by-catch off Visakhapatnam Fishery Technology Society of Fisheries Technologists 32(1) 56-60 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Fisheries research institute Available at - http://www.tfrin.gov.tw/mp.asp?mp=3

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