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Species: Parazen pacificus, Parazen, Parazen Dory

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D VIII (slender) + 26-30; A I (minute), 30-32
2 LL
pelvic: 0, 7



Parazen pacificus Kamohara, 1935

Parazen, Parazen Dory

An elongate oval; head and body compressed; head scaleless, bones thin and soft; opercular bones weakly serrated; eye large, ~1/3 head length, less than snout length; mouth large, opens at front, top jaw highly protrusible, greatly expanded at rear; jaws with 1-2 rows small, conical teeth; gill rakers 1-2 + 6; dorsal fin VIII (short, slender) + 26-30; anal fin I (minute), 30-32; pectoral fin 15-16, shorter than eye diameter; pelvics 0, 6-7 (first unbranched), fin origin behind pectoral fin base; scales moderate sized, rough, easily shed, ~90 lateral rows; 2 lateral lines forming an elongate oval, joined at the front and rear.

Pinkish above, silvery below; margin of spiny dorsal black.

Reaches 30 cm

On deep soft bottoms.

Depth range: 145-550 m.

Indo-W Pacific and W Atlantic; Florida to northern S America.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Soft bottom only
  • Mud
FishBase Habitat
  • Bathydemersal
Feeding Group
  • No Data
  • No Data
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Atlantic + Indo-West Pacific Oceans
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • GC non-endemic
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 30
Depth Range Min
  • 145
Depth Range Max
  • 550