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Species: Citharichthys minutus, Minute Whiff

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body deep
between eyes: narrow + bony crest
D 69-74; A 54-56
top jaw 27-29% head
gill rakers short, flat, 6-7 below
LL straight, 34-36
snout not scaled

Citharichthys minutus Cervigon, 1982

Minute Whiff

Body relatively deep (49-53% of SL); eyes on left side, close-set, only a narrow bony crest between them; mouth small (27.2-28.5% of head length), ends under front edge of pupil of lower eye; teeth ~equally developed on both sides of jaws, fixed teeth in 1 series on each jaw, no canines; gill rakers short and flattened, 6-7 lower rakers; 69-74 dorsal fin rays, origin of fin over front edge of upper eye; anal fin 54-56 rays; pectoral fins on both sides of body, with branched rays, eye side fin 9 rays; pelvics symmetrically positioned on belly, base of eye-side fin on body midline, short bases; urinary papilla on blind side, immediately behind anus; lateral line well developed on both sides, eye-side line ~straight, no branch under lower eye, from edge of opercle to tail base; scales finely rough on eye side, smooth on blind side, 34-38 on lateral line; inner 2/3 of tail fin, dorsal and anal fin rays and all body and head except snout scaled; body without accessory scales.

Pale yellowish brown; without distinctive marks on body or fins.

Reaches 5.2 cm.

Lives on soft bottoms.

Depth range: 1-20 m.

Panama to Venezuela.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Soft bottom only
  • Mud
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Caribbean endemic
  • Continent
  • Continent only
  • GC endemic
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 5.2
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 20