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Species: Chirocentrodon bleekerianus, Dogtooth Herring

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top jaw - 2 toothed bones
both jaws - large canines
with pelvics

Chirocentrodon bleekerianus (Poey, 1867)

Dogtooth Herring

Elongate, moderately compressed; eye large; mouth short, opens at front, lower jaw not strongly projecting; top jaws with only two toothed bones; jaw teeth strong and conical, large canines at front of both jaws; a single dorsal fin; pectoral fins low on the side just behind the head; no fin spines; small pelvics present, 6 rays, before dorsal fin; anal fin with long base, 38-44, origin before dorsal fin; a forked tail fin; with a sharp keel of 25-28 (25-30) scutes along belly.

Creamy yellow to light brown, with a silver stripe along side.

Reaches 13 cm.

Coastal marine areas, usually over muddy bottoms, in river mouths and lagoons.

Depth range: 0-40 m.

Cuba to Brazil.

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  • Brackish
  • Marine
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Near Surface
  • Surface
  • Water column only
  • Water column
  • Estuary
FishBase Habitat
  • Pelagic
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Planktivore
  • Data
  • Zooplankton
  • Bony fishes
  • Pelagic fish eggs
  • Pelagic fish larvae
  • Phytoplankton
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Also in Brazil
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Extends South of GC
  • GC non-endemic
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 13
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 40