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Species: Alepidomus evermanni, Cuban Silverside

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silver stripe narrow
gill rakers < / = 21
breast, throat, bases D & A - no scales

Alepidomus evermanni (Eigenmann, 1903)

Cuban Silverside

Eye large (> snout length); head relatively deep, top profile straight; top jaw not extendable; premaxilla (front top jaw bone) with rear end narrow and pointed (not expanded), with a bony process above its center; lower jaw slightly longer than upper; gill rakers </= 21, long and slender; 1st dorsal V, origin well before anal origin, behind pectoral origin; anal fin with I front spine; rear edges of soft dorsal and anal fins notably concave; pectoral fin inserted high on body, above mid-level of eye; pelvic fin on belly, I, 5, inserted closer to pectoral base than anal fin origin; tail fin forked; no lateral line; 32 lateral scales; no scales under throat, front of breast and under pectoral; no scales along bases of anal and dorsal fins; 10 scale rows from anal fin to middle of back.

Pale; silver stripe narrow, <1/2 scale height under dorsal fin, most conspicuous on tail base; back above stripe heavily speckled in black, especially along the midline.

Reaches 6.2 cm.

Mainly found in freshwater, but also enters estuaries.

Depth range: 0-5 m.


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  • Brackish
  • Freshwater
  • Non Marine
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Mid Water
  • Near Surface
  • Surface
  • Water column only
  • Water column
  • Estuary
  • Freshwater
FishBase Habitat
  • Pelagic
Feeding Group
  • Data
  • Planktivore
  • Data
  • Zooplankton
Egg Type
  • Benthic
  • Data
  • 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
  • Not evaluated / Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 6.2
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 5