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Species: Stellifer species A, Alpha stardrum

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head low, wide, spongy, translucent
operculum & roof mouth black
mouth opens under snout
chin 6 pores
gill rakers long, 37-40
preopercle 6-9 spines

Stellifer species A

Alpha stardrum

Body elongate, moderately compressed; head large, low and broad, skull cavernous, translucent, moderately firm to touch, wide between eyes; mouth small, oblique, opens under snout; chin with 6 pores, no barbels; snout with 8 pores; preopercle with 6-9 bony spines at angle lowest are longest;  gill rakers long and slender, 37-40; top corner of gill opening notched; deep notch between spiny and soft parts of dorsal fin, XI + I-II, 22-25; anal fin with short base II, 9, 2nd spine short and stout; pectorals reach to or just before anus; tail fin rounded, = ¾ head length; pored lateral line scales 54-56; rough on body, smooth on head; soft dorsal and anal covered with scales from base to edge; the lateral line extends to the center of the end of the tail fin.

Preserved fish: uniform silvery tan; fins uniform pale; roof of mouth black, bottom pale; inside operculum black, visible externally.

Reaches 17.5 cm.

On sandy mud bottoms; juveniles in freshwater.

Depth range: 5-47 m.

Dominica to the S Caribbean.

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  • Marine
  • Brackish
  • Freshwater
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Freshwater
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Estuary
  • Sand & gravel
  • Mud
  • Soft bottom only
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • West Atlantic Endemic
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • All species.
Regional Endemism
  • Caribbean endemic
  • Island (s)
  • Continent
  • GC endemic
  • Continental primarily
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • All species..
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Not evaluated / Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 17.5
Depth Range Min
  • 5
Depth Range Max
  • 47