Kingdom : Animalia
Phylum : Chordata
Class : Actinopterygii
Order : Perciformes
Genus : Leiognathus
Species : splendens
Author : Cuvier, 1829


Color: Silvery, fins yellow, one dark spot on tip of snout, another in the axil, terminal portion of membrane between the second and the fifth dorsal spine black, faint irregular, broken transverse stripes present along the dorsal one-third of the body in the region of the lateral line.
Oblong, compressed, dorsal profile much more convex than ventral, height about 3 in length, the fronto-occipital profile convex, the supra occipital concavity twice as long as borad, nuchal spine longer than eye, keeled. Eye 2.50 in head, nearly equal to interorbital space, longer than obtuse snout. A pair of spines above front border of eye, border of eye behind them denticulate. Commencement of gape of mouth below lower margin of eye, mouth when protected slightly directed downwards, maxillary reaches vertical through middle of eye, mandible somewhat concave. Praeoperculum with obtuse angle, its lower margin concave, more or less strongly serrated. Minute teeth in jaws in a single series. Scales middle-sized, easily rubbed of, wanting only on head, on breast fully and distinctly present, lateral line less convex than dorsal profile, with about 55 sensory tubes, terminating at base of caudal. Dorsal spines rather strong, the second little shorter than half height of body, the second and third dorsal and anal spines and the fourth dorsal anteriorly denticulated in their lower part. Pectorals shorter, with a strong spine and a long axillary scale-like process. Caudal deeply emarginate. It is more deep bodied than most other species. Head naked and nuchal spine present. Snout short. Protractile mouth points downwards. Lateral line continued into caudal peduncle. Pelvic fins short and do not reach origin of anal.
Breeds in rainy season.