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Species: Larimus acclivis, Steeplined drum

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oblique lines above LL, straight below
mouth very oblique, ends just behind center eye
chin 4 pores
pectoral 14-15

Larimus acclivis Jordan & Bristol in Jordan & Evermann, 1898

Steeplined drum

Body short, oblong, compressed; back humped; head short, compressed; snout short; eye large, 3.6-3.7 in head length; mouth very oblique, ends just after center of eye, lower jaw projecting; 4 minute pores on tip of chin, no barbel; snout with 8 pores; teeth small and sharp, in 1 row; gill rakers 18-22, long and slender; preopercular margin smooth; dorsal fin deeply notched X + I, 27-30; anal fin II, 6, 2nd  spine strong, longer than first ray; pectoral fins 14-15, reaching beyond tips of depressed pelvic fins to about level of anus; tail  with angular point; scales rough on body, smooth on head and fins; soft dorsal and anal fins with scaly sheath on basal half; pored lateral-line scales 46-52.

Silver, greyish on upper back; sides with distinct blackish stripes following scale rows; fins yellowish, especially pectoral, pelvic, anal, and tail fins.

Size: attains a length of 30 cm.

Inhabits coastal waters.

Depth: 1-60 m.

Baja California Sur and the E Gulf of California to northern Peru.

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  • Brackish
  • Marine
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Near Bottom
  • Mid Water
  • Water column only
  • Water column
  • Estuary
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
FishBase Habitat
  • Pelagic
Feeding Group
  • Planktivore
  • Data
  • Pelagic crustacea
  • Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Pelagic fish larvae
  • Zooplankton
Egg Type
  • Pelagic larva
  • Pelagic
  • No data
Global Endemism
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • East Pacific endemic
  • All species
Regional Endemism
  • Continental TEP endemic
  • TEP endemic
  • 3 provinces (Cortez + Mexican + Panamic) endemic
  • All species
  • Continent only
  • Continent
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
  • North Temperate (Californian Province &/or Northern Gulf of California)
  • Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Least concern
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 30
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 60