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Species: Stellifer species C, McAllister’s stardrum

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head cónical, deep, not spongy
lower teeth: center row slightly enlarged
chin 6 pores
gill rakers 28-32
preopercle 6-7 short spines
A 8
1-3 rows rough scales on centerline of nape

Stellifer species C

McAllister’s stardrum

Body elongate, moderately compressed; head conical, deep, top of skull slightly convex cavernous, not spongy to touch; mouth a little oblique, opens under slightly projecting snout; teeth on lower jaw with central row slightly enlarged; chin with 6 pores, no barbels; snout with 8 pores; preopercle with 6-7 short lower spines; gill rakers short, 28-32; top corner of gill opening notched; deep notch between spiny and soft parts of dorsal fin, XI + I-II, 22-24; anal fin with short base II, 8-9, 2nd spine long; tail fin long and pointed; pored lateral line scales 45-49; rough on body, smooth on head, except 1-3 rough rows along midline of nape; the lateral line extends to the center of the end of the tail fin.

Uniform silvery to pale with a pinkish tint; fins pale; roof of mouth pale.

Reaches 20 cm.

On sandy mud bottoms.

Depth range: 2-25 m.

Santo Domingo to the S Caribbean.

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  • Marine
  • Brackish
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Estuary
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • 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
  • All species..
  • Continent
  • Caribbean endemic
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Not evaluated / Listed
  • Not listed
Depth Range Min
  • 2
Depth Range Max
  • 25
Length Max
  • 20