Acanthopagrus latus   (Houttuyn,  1782) (Fish)
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Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: Maximum 45 cm; common to 30 cm.

Max. weight reported: 1,500 g.

Color: Pale grey to whitish, darker above, belly usually yellowish; golden streaks along longitudinal rows of scales; a diffuse dark blotch at origin of lateral line; a dark interorbital band and a dark edge along opercle. Dorsal fin greyish to hyaline, pelvic and anal fins whitish, tinged with yellow; caudal bright yellow with a black margin.

It has a fairly deep and compressed body. Body depth about twice in standard length. Head 3 times in standard length, is rather pointed and the upper profile of the head is convex. A slight bulge is present above the eyes. Eye moderate in size. In both jaws, 4 to 6 large, more or less compressed teeth in front, followed by 3 to 5 rows of molar-like teeth; upper lateral teeth of outer row conical and blunt. The fish has a single dorsal fin with 11 spines and 11-12 soft rays, 4th to 6th spines longest (spines appear alternately broad and narrow on either side). The anal fin has 3 spines and 8-9 soft rays, the 1st spine shorter than eye diameter, 2nd spine flattened laterally, longer and stronger than the 3rd. The caudal fin is slightly forked with its lobes sharply pointed. The pelvic fins have a strong spine each. Scales large, about 48 to 50 in lateral line (to base of caudal fin); 4 to 4.5 rows between lateral line and 4th dorsal spine; a scaly sheath at base of dorsal and anal fins; a long axillary pelvic process.

Protandrous, external fertilization.

Synonym (s)
Acanthopagrus latus Talwar and Jhingran, 1991
Chrysophrys datnia Day, 1875
Coius datnia Hamilton-Buchanan, 1822
Mylio latus (Houttuyn, 1782)
Sparus latus Houttuyn, 1782
Acanthopagrus datnia (Hamilton, 1822)
Chrysophrys datnia (Hamilton, 1822)
Coius datnia Hamilton, 1822
Mylio latus (Houttuyn, 1782)
Sparus latus Houttuyn, 1782

Common Name (s)
• Yellow Fin Seabream (English)
• Datina (Bengali)
• Yellow Seabream (English)
• Japanese Silver Bream (English)
• Yellow Finned Black Porgy (English)
• Yellowfin Bream (English)
• Karkutla (Marathi)
• Karuppu Mattavan (Tamil)
• Kala Khuranti
• Palu (Marathi)
• Yellowfin Silverbream
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Fisheries; Sold fresh in markets. Used in Chinese medicine. A popular angling species, often caught with hook and line and sometimes taken by trawlers.)
Cultured:  Yes

Habitat:  Demersal, Estuarine, Coastal
Trophic Level:  Consumer
Prey:  Echinoderms, worms, crustaceans and molluscs


• Gujarat, Gulf of Kachchh (Lat: 22.6) (Long: 69.5) INDIA
• Orissa, Mahanadi Estuary (Lat: 20.32) (Long: 86.75) INDIA
• West Bengal, Digha Coast (Lat: 21.61) (Long: 87.53) INDIA
• Gulf of Oman
• Orissa, Chilika Lake INDIA (Record: 1985-1987)
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai Coast INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Maharashtra, Mumbai INDIA
• West Bengal (Lat: 21.45) (Long: 87.9) INDIA

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