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Atherinomorus stipes
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Atherinomorus stipes

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Main identification features
  • head deep, blunt, + bony knob
  • large eye
  • 1st dorsal fin : v, origin before a
  • lower jaw: small teeth point out
  • fin bases + scale sheaths


Eye large (>snout length); head relatively deep, with bony knob on top, top profile straight; upper jaw not extendible, with straight top, with front (premaxilla) bone extending past front edge of eye; lower lip with small, outward pointing teeth; projection at rear of lower jaw inside mouth small; gill rakers long, slender; preopercle with distinct notch on front border; 1st dorsal origin well before anal origin, behind pectoral origin & above or behind tips of pelvics; V spines on first dorsal fin; pelvics inserted closer to pectoral base than anal fin origin; scales vertically elongate; bases of dorsal, anal & pectoral fin rays with scales; large scales under pectoral base & on operculum

This tropical genus, with 11 species, occurs in the tropical west Atlantic and Indian Ocean as well as our region, where a single, endemic species is found.

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  • Whitehead , P. J. P. and Ivantsoff, W., 1983., Atherina lucunosa and the fishes described by J. R. Forster., Japanese J. Ichthyol., 29:355-364.


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