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Founa in Sri Lanka

Pellona ditchela

  Order Clupeiformes
  Family Pristigasteridae
  Genus Pellona
  Species P ditchela
  Binomial name Pellona ditchela
  Local Name Indian pellona (Udassa)
  Status native
  Conservation status

Pellona ditchela, called the Indian pellona, ditchelee and the toothed shad, is a species of longfin herring native to the coasts, mangrove swamps, and estuaries of the Indian Ocean and the western Pacific, generally in tropical waters. Some individuals can reach 16 cm, with the average closer to 10 cm. The species is commercially fished, with 10,014 t landed in 1999. It is considered a good bait for tuna fishing.