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Species: Larimus pacificus, Pacific drum

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elongate, oval, no hump
C: blunt point
mouth oblique, ends behind center eye
chin 4 pores
pectoral 16-17, reaches anus

Larimus pacificus Jordan & Bollman, 1890

Pacific drum

Body elongate, oval, compressed; back smoothly curved; head short, compressed; snout short; eye large, 3.6-4.0 in head length; mouth slighly oblique, ends behind center of eye; lower jaw projecting slightly; 4 minute pores on tip of chin, no barbel; snout with 8 pores; teeth small and sharp, in 1-2 rows; gill rakers 31-33, long and slender; preopercular margin smooth; dorsal fin deeply notched X + I, 26-28; anal fin II, 6,  2nd  spine strong, slightly shorter than first soft ray; pectoral fins 16-17, relatively long, reaching to about level of anus; pelvic fins shorter, reaching about half way to anal fin origin; tail with angular point; scales rough on body, smooth on head and fins; soft dorsal and anal fins with scaly sheath on basal ½; pored lateral-line scales 45-50.

Silver, greyish on upper back; sides sometimes with darkish stripes following scale rows; axil of pectoral fin dark; fins pale to dusky.

Size: reaches length of at least 30 cm.

Inhabits coastal waters.

Depth: 1-50 m.

Southern Baja and the Gulf of California to Chile; the Galapagos.

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  • Brackish
  • Marine
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Water column only
  • Near Bottom
  • Mid Water
  • Water column
  • Estuary
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
FishBase Habitat
  • Pelagic
Feeding Group
  • Planktivore
  • Data
  • Pelagic fish larvae
  • Zooplankton
  • Pelagic crustacea
  • Data
Egg Type
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
  • No data
Global Endemism
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • All species
  • East Pacific endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Island (s)
  • Continent
  • TEP endemic
  • All species
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • South Temperate (Peruvian Province )
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
  • Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
  • North Temperate (Californian Province &/or Northern Gulf of California)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 30
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 50