Nibea chui   Trewavas,  1971 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Size: Max length 40.0 cm TL (male/unsexed); common length 25.0 cm TL (male/unsexed)

Color: Body silvery; spinous dorsal fin dusky with black edge, soft dorsal fin with a row of black spots along the base, and distal parts of rays dusky.

A large sized species, with an evenly rounded head; head length 29.5 to 31.5% of standard length. Teeth villiform, well differentiated in size in both jaws, firm, surrounded by dense papillae. Gillrakers about 12 on lower arm of first arch. Dorsal fin with 9 or 10 spines, followed by a deep notch, second part of fin with 1 spine and 24 or 25 soft rays. Anal fin with 2 spines and 7 soft rays, the second spine long and strong, about 1/2 of head length. Pectoral fins moderate, about 3/4 of head length. Caudal fin bluntly rhomboid. Scales cycloid on snout and lower part of head, elsewhere ctenoid. Gasbladder carrot-shaped, with 17 to 22 pairs of arborescent appendages, the first appendage long, entering head and branching under the skull.

Synonym (s)
Nibea chui Trewavas, 1971
Pseudosciaena albida Bleeker, 1863
Scaiena albida Gunther, 1860
Otolithes chui (Trewavas, 1971)
(Senior synonym)

Common Name (s)
• Chu's Croaker (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial

Habitat:  Pelagic, Coastal
Trophic Level:  Secondary Consumer
Prey:  Invertebrates


• Maharashtra, Mumbai (Lat: 18.98) (Long: 72.83) INDIA
• Orissa, Dhamra Estuary INDIA
• Maharashtra, Mumbai INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Talwar, PK (1995) Fauna of India and adjacent countries: Pisces: Perciformes, Scienidae ZSI 144 pp Available at - NCL, Pune
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  • Talwar, PK and Kacker, RK (1984) Commercial sea fishes of India ZSI, Calcutta 997 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
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  • Dutta, SK (2007) Biodiversity assessment of Dhamra port site and surrounding areas, Orissa Greenpeace India 4-38 Available at -
  • Biswas, KP (2009) Fishes around Indian Ocean Sciaenid Fishes Daya publishing house Available at - NIO,Goa

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