Caranx ferdau   (Forsskal)  1775 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Size: 157-415 mm

Color: Dusky grey above, yellowish white below. Soft dorsal pale yellowish with the lobe and margin dusky; anal pale yellowish, rays slightly dusky; caudal brownish with narrow dark posterior margin; pectoral and ventral pale yellowish, ventral rays sometimes slightly dusky distally.

Head 3.3-3.5 in standard length, 4.3-4.5 in total length. Depth of body 2.5-2.8 in standard length, 3.2-3.5 in total length. Eye with narrow posterior adipose lid, eye diameter 4.4-4.9 in head, 1.5-1.7 in snout and about 1.4-1.6 in interorbital space. Maxillary reaching below anterior third of eye. Teeth in bands in both jaws, teeth on vomer, palatines and tongue. Breast naked, naked area slightly widening anteriorly. Lateral line with a long low curve upto below middle of soft dorsal fin and continued straight posteriorly with 26-27 scutes. Soft dorsal fin with anterior rays forming a falcate lobe, longer than head. Anterior rays of soft anal fin falcate, slightly longer than half length of soft dorsal lobe.
Number of spines in the first dorsal fin: VII; number of spines in the second dorsal fin: I, 29-31; number of spines and rays in the anal fin: II, I, 24-25; number of rays in the pectoral fin: ii, 19-21; number of spines and rays in the ventral fin: I, 5; number of scale rows along the lateral line: 137-140; gill raker count: 6+1+20-21.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Scomber ferdau Forskal 1775
Carangoides ferdau Jones and Kumaran 1959
Caranx ferdau Day 1878
Caranx (Carangoides) compressus Weber and de Beaufort 1931

Common Name (s)
• Fanihandi
• Kuluvel
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Estuarine


• East Coast, Coromandel, Pulicat Lake INDIA (Record: 1997-1998)
• Lakshadweep, Bitra INDIA (Record: 1980)
• Lakshadweep, Kadamatt INDIA (Record: 1980)
• Lakshadweep, Kilttan INDIA (Record: 1980)
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA (Record: 1980)
• Red Sea (Record: 1980)
• Lakshadweep INDIA (Record: 1980)
• INDIA (Record: 1980)
• SRI LANKA (Record: 1980)

Literature Source(s)
  • Wafar, MVM (2003) Checklists of reef fauna Available at -
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Raj, PJS, Tilak, JL and Kalaimani, G (2002) Experiments in restoration of benthic biodiversity in Pulicat Lake, south India Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India The Marine Biological Association of India, Cochin 44(1 & 2) 37-45 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • 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
  • Malaysian marine fish Available at -

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