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Species: Membras argentea, Plateada Silverside

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anus ~midway A to pelvic base
pelvics reach to/past anus
rear edges flank scales strongly serrated

Membras argentea (Schultz, 1948)

Plateada Silverside

Slender, elongate, compressed; 4 quadrangular sensory pits on top of snout; top jaw strongly extendible, premaxilla with rear end greatly expanded, without expanded bony process above its center; first dorsal V, origin well before origin of anal; anus ~midway between anal fin origin and pelvic base; tips of pelvics reach anus, pectoral very short, not reaching origin of pelvic; side scales with strongly serrated rear edges; pelvic axillary scale >1/3 fin length.

Pale to silvery; silver flank stripe with black upper margin.

Size: 5.7 cm.

Habitat: a pelagic, coastal species.

Depth: 0-10 m?


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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Near Surface
  • Surface
  • Water column only
  • Water column
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
  • Caribbean endemic
  • Continent
  • Continent only
  • GC endemic
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
IUCN Red List
  • Data deficient
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 5.7
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 10