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Species: Melanorhinus microps, Querimana Silverside

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body deep
forehead profile convex
D1 VI-IX, orgin before A origin

Melanorhinus microps (Poey, 1860)

Querimana Silverside

Body relatively deep; abdomen rounded in cross section, not compressed into a keel; forehead profile slightly convex; mouth short, top jaw extendible, premaxilla with rear end greatly expanded, without expanded bony process above its center; dorsal rays VI-IX + 15-19; origin of 1st dorsal well before anal origin; pectorals inserted high on body, above mid-level of eye, fin short, reaching slightly beyond base of pelvic fins; pelvic origin much nearer pectoral base than anal fin; scales with ruffled edges on back, slightly ruffled edges to smooth on sides; large scales at insertions of pectorals and pelvics; dorsal and anal fins with well developed 1-scale-wide sheaths.

Dark blue on back and upper sides, silvery on lower half of sides and belly; tail base dark, this color extending onto base of tail fin, sometimes as a dark bar; no silver stripe.

Size: attains 9.3 cm.

Habitat: a pelagic coastal species that forms aggregations.

Depth: 0-17 m.

The Bahamas to the S Caribbean.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Mid Water
  • Near Bottom
  • Near Surface
  • Surface
  • Water column only
  • Rocks
  • Water column
  • Beach
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Pelagic
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Data
  • Planktivore
  • Data
  • Zooplankton
Egg Type
  • Benthic
  • Data
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • 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
  • 9.3
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 17