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Clupeiformes  -  Pristigasteridae  -  Pliosteostoma  -  Pliosteostoma lutipinnis

Pliosteostoma lutipinnis

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top jaw: 3 toothed bones
D origin a little behind A origin

  no pelvics

belly with keel of scutes
A long base, 45-55


Pliosteostoma lutipinnis (Jordan & Gilbert, 1882)

Yellowfin herring

Elongate but moderately deep, compressed; lower gill rakers 18-20; mouth pointing obliquely up, lower jaw strongly projecting; upper jaw with of three toothed bones; dorsal fin behind mid-body, 13;  no pelvic fins; anal fin base long, 45-55 rays, origin only a little before dorsal origin; sharp keel of 27-28 scutes (hard spiny scales) along entire belly.

Olive on back, silvery white below; fins yellowish; juvenile with silver mid-lateral stripe.

Size: attains 23 cm.

Habitat: coastal seas, possibly entering brackish estuaries.

Depth: 0-10 m?

Southern Baja and the SE Gulf of California to Ecuador.

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