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Species: Lile nigrofasciata, Black-striped piquitinga, Blackstripe herring

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iris black, pupil pale
flank stripe dark green
body depth 23-31% SL
D origin over/before pelvic origin
C: both tips black
pelvic 6; A 14-16
edge opercle no lobes

Lile nigrofasciata Castro-Aguirre & Ruiz-Campos & Balart, 2002

Blackstripe herring, Black-striped piquitinga

Elongate moderately slender, its depth 23-31% SL, compressed; lower body profile strongly convex; mouth opens slightly up, oblique, short, top jaws without a central notch; no back-pointing spine on top front corner of main top-jaw bone; well developed bone above front of top jaw bone; first gill arch with 29-32 rakers; rear border of gill opening on body evenly rounded, without 2 fleshy lobes on shoulder below opening; operculum without bony crests; dorsal rays 13-17, origin of fin over or before that of pelvic fin; pelvics i, 6;  anal fin 14-16 rays; 34-39 scales in longitudinal series; belly with strong keel of scutes.

Yellow-green on back, white below; inside operculum dark; iris blackish, pupil whitish, translucent; with broad dark green midlateral stripe; both tips of tail fin black; anal, pectoral and pelvic fins whitish to yellowish.

Maximum size 13 cm.

Inhabits sandy or muddy shores, also enters brackish and high salinity estuaries.

Depth: 0-10 m?

The Gulf of California to Peru.

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  • Hypersaline
  • Brackish
  • Marine
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Near Surface
  • Surface
  • Water column only
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Water column
  • Estuary
FishBase Habitat
  • Pelagic
Feeding Group
  • No Data
  • Planktivore
  • Pelagic crustacea
  • Zooplankton
  • No Data
  • Pelagic fish larvae
  • Pelagic fish eggs
Egg Type
  • Pelagic larva
  • No data
  • Pelagic
Global Endemism
  • East Pacific endemic
  • All species
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Continent only
  • Continental TEP endemic
  • All species
  • 3 provinces (Cortez + Mexican + Panamic) endemic
  • TEP endemic
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
  • South Temperate (Peruvian Province )
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 13
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 10