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Species: Bregmaceros houdei, Stellate Codlet

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transparent, front 1/2 dark dots
D 40-46
A 41-46
pectoral 17-19

Bregmaceros houdei Saksena & Richards, 1986

Stellate Codlet

Elongate body; top half of small eye with transparent membrane; mouth opens at front; jaws with 1-2 series of minute, slender, movable teeth, similar teeth at from of roof of mouth, no teeth on sides of roof of mouth; 1st dorsal fin a single long dorsal fin ray on head, well separated from rest of fin, that folds into a groove when depressed; 2nd dorsal fin with long base, lower, I, 40-44 visible rays; anal fin similar to and directly under 2nd dorsal fin, 41-46 visible rays; pectorals short, high on sides, 17-19 rays; pelvic fins on throat under operculum, inner 3-4 rays branched and short, outer 3 rays free, very long, fit into groove along abdomen and side of anal fin; scales thin, small, smooth; lateral line high on back along each side of dorsal fin base.

Transparent; dark dots on front half of body.

Reaches 1.8 cm (known only from juveniles).


Depth range: 0-611 m.

SE USA, the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Mid Water
  • Near Bottom
  • Water column
FishBase Habitat
  • Bathypelagic
Feeding Group
  • Data
  • Planktivore
  • Data
  • Zooplankton
  • Phytoplankton
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Continental primarily
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 1.8
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 611