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Species: Stellifer naso, Naso Stardrum

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head low, wide, spongy, translucent
eye large
mouth under snout
lower jaw: central row teeth not enlarged
gill rakers short, 22-26
preopercle 7-10 short spines
pelvic short
scales atop head rough to between eyes

Stellifer naso (Jordan, 1889)

Naso Stardrum

Body elongate, moderately compressed; head large, low and broad, skull cavernous, translucent, spongy to touch; eye large (24-29% of head); mouth moderately large, ~horizontal, opens under snout; teeth on lower jaw equal in size, no enlarged central row; chin with 4 pores, no barbels; snout with 8 pores; preopercle with 7-10 short spines at angle; gill rakers short, 22-26; top corner of gill opening notched; deep notch between spiny and soft parts of dorsal fin, X + I-II, 21-23; anal fin with short base II, 8-9 , 2nd spine 3/4 1st ray; pelvics short, not reaching tip of pectorals; tail fin pointed; pored lateral line scales 50-52; scales rough on body and head, rough on top of head to between eyes; the lateral line extends to the center of the end of the tail fin.

Silvery grey above, yellowish below; pectoral yellow, with dark speckling; pelvics yellow with black edges; anal yellow with black speckling; dorsal and tail fins dark grey.

Reaches 15 cm.

On sand and mud bottoms, and estuaries

Depth range: 1-30 m.

Colombia to NE Brazil.

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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 non-endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Also in Brazil
  • Continent
  • Continent only
  • Extends South of GC
  • GC non-endemic
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 15
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 30