Ariomma indica   (Day,  1871) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Mya Than Tun

Size: Maximum 23 cm; common 12 to 17 cm

Color: Silvery with purple tinge; fins greyish.

Body oval, rather compressed. Top of head rounded, without scales, head covered by thick adipose tissue. Mouth small, teeth minute, their bases covered by a membrane. Gill membranes not united to isthmus. 2 dorsal fins, scarcely separated, the first with 11 to 12 long and slender spines; a median groove along belly for reception of folded pelvic fins. Caudal peduncle square in cross-section, with 2 low fleshy keels on each side. Scales cycloid (smooth), very thin and easily detached.

Synonym (s)
Psenes extraneus Herre, 1948
Ariomma indica Talwar and Kacker, 1984
Cubicepa indicus Day, 1870
Psenes indicus Day, 1876
Psenes africanus Gilchrist and von Bonde, 1923
Psenes extrancus Herre, 1950
Cubiceps dollfusi Chabanaud, 1930
Arioma indica (Day, 1871)
Ariomma indicum (Day, 1871)
Cubiceps indicus Day, 1871
Psenes extraneus Herre, 1951
Psenes indica (Day, 1871)
Psenes indicus (Day, 1871)

Common Name (s)
• Indian Ariomma (English)
• Indian Driftfish (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Marketed fresh or dried and salted)

Habitat:  Pelagic, Demersal, Muddy
Prey:  Zooplankton


• Orissa, Mahanadi Estuary (Lat: 20.32) (Long: 86.75) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai Coast INDIA
• Arabian Sea INDIA (Record: 02/1985-06/1987)
• Bay of Bengal (Lat: 7.25) (Long: 68.5) INDIA (Record: 02/1985-06/1987)

Literature Source(s)
  • Hussain, SM Brief report on biodiversity in the coastal areas of Pakistan p 113
  • Zoological Survey of India (Eds.) (1998) Fauna Of Mahanadi estuary, Orissa Estuarine ecosystem series no 3 ZSI, Kolkata 1-218 Available at - ZSI, Pune
  • Zoological Survey of India (Eds) (1991) Animal resources of India (Protozoa to Mammalia) ZSI 1-694 Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Fourmanoir, P (1984) Fish collected during the Corindon II and IV Expeditions Marine Research in Indonesia National Institute of Oceanology, Indonesian Institute of Science, Jakarta, Indonesia 24 89-103 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Tun, MT (2001) Marine fishes of Myanmar (pelagic and demersal) U Than Tun, Director-General, Department of Fisheries, Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries, Myanmar 276 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Dr. Ramesh, R; Dr. Nammalwar, P and Dr. Gowri, VS (2008) Database on coastal information of Tamil Nadu Report Submitted to Environmental Information System (ENVIS) Centre, Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu Institute for Ocean Management, Anna University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Available at -
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at -
  • Fischer, W and Whitehead, PJP (1974) FAO species identification sheets for fishery purposes. Eastern Indian Ocean - Fishing Area 57 and Western Central Pacific - Fishing Area 71 FAO, Rome 1 Available at -
  • Balachandran, K and Nizar, MA (1990) A check list of fishes of the Exclusive Economic Zone of India collected during the research cruises of FORV Sagar Sampada Proceedings of the first workshop on scientific results of FORV Sagar Sampada CMFRI, Cochin 305-324 Available at -
  • Pillai, PKM and Augustine, SK (2000) A code list of common marine living resources of the Indian seas CMFRI Special Publication No.12 CMFRI 1-115 Available at -

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