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Chacunda gizzard shad, Anodontostoma chacunda (Hamilton, 1822)

Systematic position:
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii (Ray-finned fishes)
Order: Clupeiformes (Herrings)
Family: Clupeidae (Herrings, shads, sardines, menhadens)
Genus: Anodontostoma
Species: A. chacunda

Clupanodon chacunda (Hamilton, 1822)
Chatoessus chacunda (Day, 1878)
Dorosoma chacunda (Weber & deBeaufort, 1913)
Andontostoma chacunda (Munro, 1995)

Common/local names:
English: Chacunda gizzard shad
Bangladesh: Koi punti (কই পুঁটি), Chakunda (চাকু্নদা)(Rahman, 1989)
Phillipines: Kabasi (Herre, 1948)
Myanmar: Bony bream (Department of Fisheries Malaysia, 2009)

Distributions: Andaman Island ( Rajon, 2011), Bangladesh (Rahman, 1989), Pakistan, Bahrain, Indonesia, Cambodia, Iran, Iraq, malayasia (Whitehead, 1985), India (Kapoor et al , 2002), Myanmar (Hla Win, 1987), Phillipines (Herre, 1953)

Conservation status: Not evaluated (IUCN, 2012).

Morphology: Body short and compressed deeply, snout conical, prominent. Straight, thin, transversely expanded plate of maxillary are present and terminally tapering. Small inferior and trenseverse mouth are present, bordered by pre-maxillary only. Lateral line abscent, no teeth and adipose eyelid present. Longest gill rakers on lower part of arch less than corresponding gill filaments. Hind edges of scales toothed, the teeth thinner than the gaps between them; a median series of pre-dorsal scales. A large black spot behind gill opening. About 80 gill rakers of lower part of first arch.  Head 3.3-3.7 in standard, 4.4-4.8 in total length. Height 2.1-2.4 in standard, 2.8-3.2 in total length. Eye 3.5-3.9; snout 0.8-1.0; interorbital 1.2-1.3.

Origin of dorsal nearer to snout than caudal base. Pelvic originated from the below of dorsal region. Caudal fin forked. Scales containing smooth edges and firm. Lateral line containing 39-40 scales. 12-15 scales before dorsal, 16-17 prepelvic and 11-12 postpelvic scutes along with the edge of the abdomen. Silvery colour and a black spot present in shoulder. Fin rays are yellowish when live and in fresh condition.

Maximum lengths: 16.8 cm (Rahman, 1989), 22 cm (Randall 2005) and

Habitats: Marine; freshwater; brackish; pelagic-neritic; anadromous (Riede, 2004). Usually marine coastal, but ascends rivers to the upper tidal zone (Rainboth,1996)



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Randall JE (2005) Reef and shore fishes of the South Pacific. New Caledonia to Tahiti and the Pitcairn Islands. University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu, Hawaii. 720 p.

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