:Etroplus CuvierScientific name
:Etroplus Suratensis (Bloch)English name
:Eli-meenu,matak, ersa, erpe, eri meenu, kaggalaseDistinguishing charecters
:D - XVIII - XIX 14 - 15, P - i16, V - I 5, A - XII - XIII 11-12, C - 16, L.L. - 35-40, L.tr. 5 ½/17
:Krishna, Cauvery and West-flowing drainages
Description :Body very deep, short, oval and strongly compressed. Eyes large, mouth small. Jaws equal. Caudal fin slightly emarginate. Scales ctenoid.
Of a light green, with eight transverse bands; the first over the occiput, the last across the base of the caudal, the other six intermediate. Most of the scales above lateral line have a
central white pearly spot; some irregular black spots over the abdomen. Dorsal, ventral, anal and caudal of a dark leaden colour; the pectoral yellowish, with a jet - black base. Specimens
from saltwater are of a deep purple colour, the bands almost black, and the white spots, consequently more distinct. During the monsoon, the colour of the fish is most beautiful. Very
young fish have a large black ocellus, surrounded by a white margin, extending from fourth to tenth soft rays of dorsal fin.
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