Gerres abbreviatus [Status Unaccepted]   (Bleeker,  1850) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 23-30 cm.

Color: Silvery, greenish or bluish above, well preserved specimens showing diffuse, indistinct longitudinal darkish lines corresponding with the series of lateral scales. Dorsal with a black margin.

Oblong, anteriorly elevated, the dorsal profile ascending strongly in a nearly straight line from snout to dorsal fin, thence descending nearly straight to caudal peduncle. Height about twice to 2.2 in length, head 3.3 to 3.5, pointed, broadened and nearly flat before eye with a small median groove in the naked inter orbital space, which is slightly smaller than eye, the diameter of which goes 2.5 to 2.7 in length of head and is conspicuously longer than snout. Maxillary reaching to below pupil, mandibular profile slightly concave. Lower pharyngeal bones coossified with a double median series of large molariform teeth in pavement-like arrangement. Praeoperculum entire. No pseudobranchiae. Scales rather large, thin, with entire margin, scaly basal sheath of dorsal and anal high, including nearly totally the rays. Dorsal originates at a distance from end of snout which nearly equals height of body and is about one sixth shorter than length of spinous and soft dorsal together. Second, third and fourth dorsal spines the longest, subequal, the second twice or nearly so in height of body. Second anal spine as long as third, but much stronger, longer than postocular part of head. Pectorals much longer than head, reaching to anal, ventrals somewhat shorter than head, their axillary process moderate. Caudal peduncle high, its length equal to or not much longer than its height and about equal to half length of head. Indistinct dark stripes along scale rows above and 4-6 rows immediately below lateral line (apparent in newly preserved specimens). Second dorsal fin spine longer than the 3rd. No scales on upper preopercular flange in approximately 10 cm SL specimens; 1-5 scales (usually 2-3) in over 16 cm SL specimens. Scales between 5th dorsal fine spine base and lateral line 3.5-4.5. Supraneural bones 3. Ventral and anal fins yellow with white tips.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Gerres abbreviatus Bleeker, 1850
Gerres abbreviatus Gunther, 1862
Diapterus abbreviatus Bleeker, 1865
Gerres abbreviatus Kner, 1867
Gerres abbreviatus Day, 1870
Diapterus abbreviatus Bleeker, 1877
Gerres abbreviatus Day, 1888
Gerres abbreviatus Gunther, 1880
Gerres abbreviatus Macleay, 1881
Gerres abbreviatus Ramsay and Ogilby, 1886
Xystaema abbreviatum Jordan and Seale, 1906
Xystaema abbreviatum Jordan and Richardson, 1909
Xystaema abbreviatus Seale, 1910
Gerres abbreviatus M. Weber, 1913
Gerres abbreviatus Fowler, 1928

Common Name (s)
• Silverbiddy (English)
• Deepbody Mojarra (English)
• Paiya (Kannada)
• Pranjin (Malayalam)
• Oodan (Tamil)
• Charbat (Marathi)
• Deepbodied Mojarra (English)
• Deep-body Silverbiddy
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Marketed fresh or frozen or made into fishballs.)

Habitat:  Estuarine, Coastal
Trophic Level:  Secondary Consumer
Prey:  Small juveniles feed on zooplankton, larger fish feed on small polychaetes, bivalves, crustaceans and fishes


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Pichavaram Mangrove Forest (Lat: 11.03) (Long: 79.78) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andamans INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai Coast INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Tuticorin INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Great Nicobar Island INDIA (Record: 08/2000-07/2003)
• Maharashtra, Mumbai INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Mandapam INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Gujarat, Medi-Sinthodi Creek (Lat: 23.45) (Long: 68.48) INDIA (Record: 01/1999-12/2000)
• Gujarat, Sangi-Kharo Creek (Lat: 23.28) (Long: 68.51) INDIA (Record: 01/1999-12/2000)
• West Bengal (Lat: 21.45) (Long: 87.9) INDIA

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