Taxonomy

Kingdom : Animalia
Phylum : Chordata
Class : Actinopterygii
Order : Perciformes
Genus : Caranx
Species : malabaricus
Author : Bloch 1801

Description

Size: 36.5 cm.
Color: Dusky above, silvery below, the black opercular spot in a dark surrounding, soft dorsal, anal and caudal with a dark margin, otherwise fins light.
Oblong, height more or less than twice in length, the trenchant nape being elevated, the dorsal profile is strongly convex from tip of snout to caudal peduncle, with a slight concavity before nostrils, ventrals profile less convex from chin to anal. Head short, much higher than long, 3 or more in length, the blunt snout 2.5 or more in head, slightly longer than eye, which is situated above axis of body in the middle of length of head, goes 2.5-4 times in its length and is somewhat shorter than convex interorbital space. Cleft of mouth commences below level of eye. Adipose eyelids feebly developed. Maxillary somewhat surpassing front border of eye, lower jaw prominent, praeorbital a little lower than eye. Breast broadly naked area forming a triangle between hind border of head, base of pectoral and from there in a straight line to ventral or somewhat behind it. Lateral line moderately arched, becoming straight behind middle of soft dorsal, about below fourteenth ray, straight portion twiceshorter than the anterior one, in its posterior four fifths with about 25 weakly armed, small scutes. Teeth in villiform bands on jaws, vomer, palatines and tongue. Gillrakers more or less than 25 on lower part of anterior arch. Second and third dorsal spines the longest, nearly twice shorter than anterior elevated dorsal rays, forming a lobe about 1/4 shorter than head, the soft dorsal otherwise rounded, parallel to contour of body, the soft anal of similar form, its lobe somewhat shorter. Pectorals broadly falcate, longer than head, ventrals small, rounded, caudal with widely spreading acute lobes of equal length.