Ilisha filigera (Valenciennes, 1847)
Coromandel ilisha
photo by FAO

Family:  Pristigasteridae (Pristigasterids)
Max. size:  22 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  pelagic-neritic; freshwater; brackish; marine; depth range 0 - 50 m, anadromous
Distribution:  Indo-Pacific: Indian Ocean (Bombay to eastern coasts of India; perhaps east to Andaman Sea coasts, but no certain records), South China Sea (northwestern coasts of Kalimantan, also Sarawak).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 46-52. Body moderately slender, belly with 23 to 26 + 11 to 13, total 34 to 38 scutes. Eye large, lower jaw projecting. Dorsal fin origin at about midpoint of body or a little behind; anal fin origin below dorsal fin base. Swim bladder with a single long tube passing back down right side of body above anal fin base.
Biology:  Occurs in coastal waters, apparently entering estuaries. More data needed, based on better identifications than in the past.
IUCN Red List Status: Data deficient (DD); Date assessed: 28 February 2017 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Binohlan, Crispina B. - 17.10.90
Modified by: Bailly, Nicolas - 16.07.13
Checked by: Binohlan, Crispina B. - 27.07.94

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