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Species: Stellifer magoi, Mago Stardrum

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head low, wide, spongy, translucent
eye small
mouth opens at front
lower jaw: central row teeth not enlarged
preopercle > 4 spines
gill rakers short, 27-29
pelvic long
scales atop nape rough to between eyes

Stellifer magoi Aguilera, 1983

Mago Stardrum

Body elongate, more or less compressed; head large, low and broad, skull cavernous, translucent, spongy to touch, wide between eyes; eye small; mouth large, strongly oblique, opens at front; teeth in lower jaw of equal sizes, without enlarged central row; chin with 6 pores, no barbels; snout with 8 pores; preopercle with >4 strong bony spines at angle; gill rakers short, 27-29; top corner of gill opening notched; deep notch between spiny and soft parts of dorsal fin, X + I-II, 20-22; anal fin with short base II, 7-8, 2nd spine thick, ¾ of 1st ray; pectorals long, reaching above anal fin origin; pelvics long, filamentous tip ends behind anus; tail fin long, with a blunt point; pored lateral line scales 46-47; scales rough on body and head, on top of head to between eyes; the lateral line extends to the center of the end of the tail fin.

Silvery grey above, whitish below; fins clear.

Reaches 11.5 cm.

Hard sandy and mud bottoms in estuaries, mainly of low salinities

Depth range: 0-20 m.

E Venezuela.

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  • Brackish
  • Marine
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Soft bottom only
  • Estuary
  • Mud
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • 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
  • 11.5
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 20