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Species: Stellifer griseus, Grey stardrum

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head low, wide, spongy, translucent
inside gill chamber dark
D 21-23
centerline nape: 0-few rough scales, not in rows
gill rakers 52-59
chin 6 pores
preopercle 2 strong spines

Stellifer griseus Cervigón, 1966

Grey stardrum

Body oblong, robust, more or less compressed; head large, low and broad, skull cavernous, translucent, spongy to touch, wide between eyes; mouth large, (reaches under rear edge of eye), oblique, opens a little under snout; chin with 6 pores, no barbells; snout with 8 pores; preopercle with 2 strong  bony spines at angle; gill rakers long and slender, 51-59, densely packed; top corner of gill opening notched; deep notch between spiny and soft parts of dorsal fin,  X-XI + I-II, 21-23; anal fin with short base II, 8-9, 2nd spine ¾ of  1st ray; pectorals long, reaching anal fin origin; tail fin with a blunt point; pored lateral line scales 53-56; scales rough on body, mostly smooth on chest and head, center of nape with 0 to a few rough scales but not in rows; soft dorsal with 2-3 rows of small scales along its base; the lateral line extends to the center of the end of the tail fin.

Silvery grey, pale below; anal and pelvic fins yellowish, others dusky, with dark edges; inside gill chamber dusky, not black.

Reaches 20 cm.

Shallow coastal sand and mud bottoms, including estuaries

Depth range: 3-50 m.

Honduras to Guyana.

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  • Marine
  • Brackish
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Estuary
  • Sand & gravel
  • Mud
  • Soft bottom only
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Data
Egg Type
  • Pelagic larva
  • Data
  • Pelagic
Global Endemism
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
  • All species.
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Continent only
  • All species..
  • GC non-endemic
  • Extends South of GC
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Least concern
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 20
Depth Range Min
  • 3
Depth Range Max
  • 50