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Species: Stellifer wintersteenorum, Amigo stardrum

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head low, firm
snout projecting
C: blunt point to round
preopercle: 2 strong spines
roof mouth black
pectoral base - black blotch
7-8 scale rows, LL to D origin

Stellifer wintersteenorum Chao, 2001

Amigo stardrum

Body oblong, compressed; head low, broad, flat and wide between eyes; skull cavernous, translucent, firm to touch, eye small (~ 17-19% of head length); snout long, bluntly pointed, slightly projecting beyond upper jaw; mouth opens under tip of snout, slightly oblique, large; teeth in villiform bands, those in outer row of upper jaw enlarged; chin with 4 pores, no knob at front, no barbells; snout with 8 pores; margin of preopercle with 2 strong spines, lower larger, angled down, straight or curved with tip straight down; gill rakers long and slender, 36-41; dorsal rays X-XII + I, 21-25, deep notch between spiny and soft parts of dorsal fin; anal fin with short base II, 9 (rarely 8 or 10), 2nd  spine slender, about as long as 1st  ray; pectorals long, pointed, reach level of anus; pelvic fins with a long filament; tail margin rounded or with a short, blunt point; scales rough on body, smooth on head and nape, and on fins; soft dorsal and anal fins covered with smooth scales; lateral line pores 47-50.

Preserved fish: body brassy silver, browner above; upper ½ of inside base of pectoral with conspicuous black blotch; fins pale, with dusky margin to dorsal; rear ¾ of roof of mouth black, tongue and floor pale; pelvic filament whitish, lining of body cavity silver.

Size: 21 cm.

Habitat: benthic on mud and sand bottoms.

Depth: 3-20 m.

Eastern Gulf of California.

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  • Marine
  • Brackish
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Water column only
  • Near Bottom
  • Soft bottom only
  • Water column
  • Estuary
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Mud
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • No Data
  • Planktivore
  • No Data
  • Pelagic fish eggs
  • Pelagic fish larvae
  • Zooplankton
Egg Type
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
  • No data
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • East Pacific endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent only
  • Continental TEP endemic
  • Cortez + Mexican provinces endemic
  • All species
  • Continent
  • TEP endemic
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
  • Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
IUCN Red List
  • Data deficient
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 21
Depth Range Min
  • 3
Depth Range Max
  • 20