Pama pama [Status Unaccepted]   (Hamilton,  1822) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Size: 150 cm.

Color: Brownish above whitish below, fins uniform yellowish or grey.

Elongate, its anterior ovoid part tapering towards rather long tail, head strongly convex, especially in its preocular part, height 5.1 in length, 6 in total length in young, in adult 5-6, head 3.8, 4.5 in total length in young, in adult 4.6. Eye 6.6-11 in head, for its major part situated in anterior third of head, far above horizontal through commencement of gap of mouth, twice to thrice in strongly convex inter orbital space and 1.6-2 in snout, which goes about 4 times in head. its free border not overhanging, with two pores and two others higher up. Mouth terminal, oblique, its gape wide, the upper jaw about half length of head, reaching at least one eye diameter behind eye, maxillary concealed, its expansion truncate, equalling eye, lower jaw shorter, included, with two symphysial pores. Preopercle crenulated with denticulations at its angle, opercle with two weak spines and a triangular flap, post temporal ciliate. Teeth in upper jaw in an irregular outer series of far distant curved canines of small but unequal size, inside of them a series of small sharp teeth with an anterior edentulous interspace, in lower jaw a similar, rather more complete series of canines, outside a series of small, sharp teeth forming on the hooked symphysis a broader band, opposite the edentulous interspace. Scales cycloid on head, on body ciliate, lateral line arched to above anal fin, the sensory enlarged and elongated with strongly arborescent tubes. Dorsal fin long, base of the spinous part more than thrice in that of the soft part. Spines slender, third and fourth highest, nearly thrice in length of head, rays slightly increasing in height posteriorly to prepen ultimate rays, somewhat surpassing spines in height. Pectorals pointed, equalling length of head, ventrals about equal postocular part of head. Caudal wedge-shaped, the median rays strongly prolonged, caudal peduncle equal eye.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Bola pama Hamilton-Buchanan, 1822
Collichthys pama Gunther, 1860
Otolithoides pama Mohan, 1972
Otolithus pama Mason, 1860
Pama pama Fowler, 1933
Sciaena pama Cuvier, 1830
Sciaenoides hardwickii Blyth, 1861
Sciaena pama Ruppell, 1852
Sciaena pama Bleeker, 1853
Sciaenoides hardwickii Day, 1869
Sciaenoides pama Vinciguerra, 1885
Sciaenoides pama Vinciguerra, 1890
Sciaenoides pama Day, 1888
Sciaenoides pama Steindachiner, 1896
Collichthys pama Volz, 1903
Collichthys pama Duncker, 1904
Sciaenoides pama Lloyd, 1907
Collichthys pama Fowler, 1932
Sciaenoides pama Hardenberg, 1931
Pama pama Hardenberg, 1934

Common Name (s)
• Coi Bola Whiting (English)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Estuarine


• Orissa, Chilika Lake INDIA (Record: 1995)
• West Bengal, Sundarbans INDIA (Record: 2003)
• INDIA (Record: 1936)
• Bihar, Dighwara INDIA (Record: 1952)
• West Bengal (Lat: 21.45) (Long: 87.9) INDIA

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