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Species: Neoopisthopterus cubanus, Cuban Longfin Herring

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D origin behind A origin
mouth opens at front, top jaw short
no pelvics

Neoopisthopterus cubanus Hildebrand, 1948

Cuban Longfin Herring

Body elongate, moderately compressed; mouth opens at front, top jaw short, lower jaw not projecting; top jaw with only 2 toothed bones, without a gap between them; 17-18 lower gill rakers; a single dorsal fin, origin distinctly behind midbody and behind origin of anal; anal with long base, 39-43 rays; pectoral fins low on the side just behind the head; no fin spines; pelvic fins absent; a forked tail fin; belly with 23-28 scutes forming a sharp keel.

Probably greenish brown on back, silvery white below with a silver mid-lateral band.

Size: probably ~11 cm.

Habitat: marine, coastal.

Depth: 0-10 m?


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  • Brackish
  • Marine
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Mid Water
  • Near Surface
  • Surface
  • Water column only
  • Water column
  • Estuary
FishBase Habitat
  • Pelagic
Feeding Group
  • Data
  • Planktivore
  • Data
  • Zooplankton
  • Pelagic fish larvae
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Antilles endemic
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • Island (s) only
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Vulnerable
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 11
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 10