Murty, V Sriramachandra and Joshi, K K and Nair, Rekha J (2003) Silverbellies. In: Status of Exploited Marine Fishery Resources of India. Mohan Joseph, M and Jayaprakash, A A,(eds.) CMFRI, Cochin, pp. 127-132. ISBN 81-901219-3-6



The fishes of the family Leiognathidae (Silverbellies, pony fishes and slip mouths) locally called Mullan in Malayalam, Karal in Tamil, Karlu in Telugu belong to an important group of finfishes in the marine fisheries of India. In the year 2000, they formed 1.2% of the total marine fish landings. They are principally shallow water fishes distributed in the 0-40 m depth range and enter the estuaries also. These fishes are of little demand in the fresh condition, but there is considerable market for sundried fish and for fishmeal and poultry feed. Most of them are small in size, attaining a maximum length of 15 cm; one species L. equulus is known to attain a maximum length of 25 cm. A large volume of work has been carried out on the taxonomy, biology and population dynamics of silverbellies from along the east coast of India.

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