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Species: Odontognathus compressus, Caribbean longfin herring

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belly keel - no gap under pectoral base
A 52-62

Odontognathus compressus Meek & Hildebrand, 1923

Caribbean longfin herring

Body elongate, very compressed; top of head strongly concave; mouth short, strongly oblique; lower jaw projecting; upper jaw long, extending to or past gill opening; very small dorsal fin, behind mid-body; pectoral fins low on the side just behind the head; no fin spines; anal base very long, 52-62, origin well before dorsal; no pelvic fins; a forked tail fin; a strongly serrated, convex keel on belly of 24-29 scutes, outer edges of scutes serrated, keel not interrupted under pectoral fin base.

Body pale, translucent; head silvery; a narrow silver stripe along flank; a dark line along midline of back behind dorsal fin; fins clear, base of tail fin dark.

Reaches 17 cm.

Inshore coastal waters over muddly bottoms; enters brackish estuaries.

Depth: 0-30 m.

Costa Rica to Suriname.


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Salinity
  • Marine
  • Brackish
Inshore/Offshore
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Surface
  • Near Surface
  • Mid Water
  • Water column only
Habitat
  • Estuary
  • Water column
FishBase Habitat
  • Pelagic
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Planktivore
  • No Data
Diet
  • Zooplankton
  • Bony fishes
Egg Type
  • No data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • West Atlantic Endemic
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Extends South of GC
  • Continent only
  • GC non-endemic
Residency
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
IUCN Red List
  • Not evaluated / Listed
CITES
  • Not listed
Depth Range Max
  • 30
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Length Max
  • 17