Jordanicus gracilis   (Bleeker)  1856 (Fish)
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Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 215 mm

Color: Light yellowish; head and body except chest and abdomen with brown spots, hind part of tail darker.

Head 9.2, depth of body 16.8, both in total length. Eye diameter 4.2 in head, 0.8 in snout and also in interorbital space. Width of head about half length of head. Maximum width of body 1.4 in depth. Mouth almost horizontal, maxilla not free and completely covered by skin, reaching slightly behind hind border of eye. Gill opening not extending above base of pectoral fin. Origin of vent slightly before a level from base of pectoral fin. Dorsal fin lower than anal fin, its origin 1 1/3 head length behind head. A single series of teeth in jaws; vomer with two large recurved canines with a small tooth on each side, palatines with a single row of teeth.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Oxybeles gracilis Bleeker 1856
Carapus gracilis de Beaufort 1951
Encheliophis (Jordanicus) gracilis Arnold 1956
Jordanicus gracilis Smith 1949

Common Name (s)
• Kokkaya Meen
Economic Importance and Threats



• Lakshadweep, Chettalatt INDIA (Record: 1980)
• Lakshadweep INDIA (Record: 1980)
• Red Sea (Record: 1980)

Literature Source(s)
  • (2002) Lakshadweep Islands biodiversity strategy and action plan (Version: 3)
  • Jones, S and Kumaran, M (1980) Fishes of the Laccadive Archipelago The Nature Conservation and Aquatic Sciences Service, Trivandrum, Kerala 760 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -

Page last updated on:2009-12-04

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