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  • Caranx leptolepis  Cuvier, 1833, (original description).
  • Caranx procaranx  De Vis, 1884
    FAO Names
    En - Yellowstripe scad, Fr - Sélar à bande dorée, Sp - Chicharro banda dorada.
    3Alpha Code: TRY     Taxonomic Code: 1702342201
    Diagnostic Features
    Body elongate, oblong and compressed; dorsal and ventral profiles equally convex. Eye diameter about equal to slightly smaller than snout length, with adipose eyelid moderately developed on posterior half of eye; upper jaw strongly protractile with posterior end of jaw concave above, concave and produced below;  upper jaw without teeth; lower jw with a series of minute teeth.  Gillrakers (including rudiments) 10 to 14 upper, 27 to 32 lower and 40 to 46 total on first gill arch.  Shoulder girdle (cleithrum) margin smooth, without papillae.  Two separate dorsal fins, the first with 8 spines, the second with I + 24-26 soft rays. Anal fin with 2 detached spines followed by I + 21-23 soft rays; spinous dorsal fin moderately high, longest spine height about equal length of soft dorsal fin lobe.  Lateral line anteriorly with a moderate regular arch, with junction of curved and straight parts below second dorsal fin between 10th to 12th soft rays; chord of curved part of lateral line longer than straight part of lateral line, contained 0.6 to 0.8 times in straight part;  straight part of lateral line with 13 to 25 scales followed by 24 to 29 relatively small scutes. Breast completely scaled.  Colour in life, metallic blue above, silvery white below, with a broad yellow stripe from upper margin of eye to caudal peduncle; prominent black opercular spot encroaching onto shoulder. Dorsal, anal and caudal fins pale to dusky yellow; pelvic fins white. 
    Geographical Distribution

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    In the Western Indian Ocean, confined to coastal waters from the "Gulf" eastward to Sri Lanka. Elsewhere in the Indo-West Pacific known from the Bay of Bengal, Gulf of Thailand, Okinawa, Japan, the Philippines, Indonesia and Australia.
    Habitat and Biology
    Occurs in inshore waters of the continental shelf.Forms large demersal schools over soft bottom habitats at depths shallower than 50 m.Ostracods, gastropods and euphausids are common prey but small fish are also taken.
    All females attain sexual maturity by about 11 cm fork length. 
    Maximum 20 cm fork length; common 15 cm.
    Interest to Fisheries
    Caught with seines and bottom trawls; also with traps and gillnets. The total catch reported for this species to FAO for 1999 was 44 537 t. The countries with the largest catches were Malaysia (41 341 t) and United Arab Emirates (3 196 t).
    Marketed fresh and dried salted.
    Local Names
    Arabic : Garfah ,  Haima ,  Seeneh ,  Sima ,  Yeneeser .
    English : Slender scaled scad ,  Smoothtail trevally ,  Smooth-tailed trevally ,  Yellow striped trevally .
    Japanese : Hosohira-aji .
    Malay/Indonesian : Pelata kuning ,  Pelata sanui ,  Selar kuning .
    Tagalog : Salay-salay batang .
    Visayan : Dalino-an, Malino .
    Selar crumenophthalmus superficially similar but shoulder girdle margin with a deep furrow, a large papilla immediately above it and a smaller papilla near upper edge; and upper jaw with a narrow band of small recurved teeth.
    Fischer, W.; G. Bianchi (eds.). - 1984FAO species identification sheets for fishery purposes. Western Indian Ocean (Fishing Area 51). Prepared and printed with the support of the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA). Rome, Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, Vol. I-6: pag. var.
    Chan, W. & F. Talbot. - 1974 Carangidae. In: W. Fischer and P.J.P. Whitehead (eds.).- 1974. FAO species identification sheets for fishery purposes. Eastern Indian Ocean (fishing area 57) and Western Central Pacific (fishing area 71). Vol. 1: pag. var.
    Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2003. FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. www.fishbase.org
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