Occurrence of Carangid FIsh <i>Uraspis helvola</i> (Forster, 1801) from the Iraqi Marine Waters, Arabian Gulf


  • Abdul-Razak M. Mohamed Basrah University
  • Abbas J. Al-Faisal Basrah University
  • Talib A. Jaayid Basrah University




Carangid fish, white tongue jack, morphology, DNA fingerprint, Iraq.


The white tongue jack, Uraspis helvola (Forster, 1801) was recorded for the first time in the Iraqi marine waters, northwest Arabian Gulf. The samples were collected during the period from January 2014 to June 2015. U. helvola differed from other carangid fish species by tongue, roof and floor of mouth are white to yellowish and other parts are dark, and the anal fin spines embedded. Gill rakers ranged from four to five on upper limb and 12 to 13 on lower limb of first gill arch. The DNA fingerprint was identified of U. helvola by using Polymerase Chain Reaction-Random Amplified Polymorphic DNA (PCR-RAPD) with six primers: P1 (212), P2 (239), P3 (244), P4 (250), P5 (265), and P6 (347). The number of bands generated by primers was 51 and the size of bands ranged from 110 to 1440 bp.

Author Biographies

Abdul-Razak M. Mohamed, Basrah University

Department of Fisheries & Marine Resources

College of Agriculture

Abbas J. Al-Faisal, Basrah University

Marine Science Centre

Talib A. Jaayid, Basrah University

Department of Animal Production,

College of Agriculture


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How to Cite

Mohamed, A.-R. M., Al-Faisal, A. J., & Jaayid, T. A. (2017). Occurrence of Carangid FIsh <i>Uraspis helvola</i> (Forster, 1801) from the Iraqi Marine Waters, Arabian Gulf. Asian Journal of Applied Sciences, 5(2). https://doi.org/10.24203/ajas.v5i2.4619