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Species: Lile stolifera, Pacific piquitinga, Striped herring

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iris pale, pupil black
side: broad silver stripe
body depth 27-36% SL
D origin over/before pelvic origin
C: both tips black
pelvic 6; A 13-19
edge opercle no lobes

Lile stolifera (Jordan & Gilbert, 1882)

Pacific piquitinga, Striped herring

Elongate, moderately deep, its depth 27-36 % in 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 14-18, origin of fin over or before that of pelvic fin; pelvics i, 6; anal fin 13-19 rays; 27-42 scales in longitudinal series; belly with strong keel of scutes.

Olive to bluish on back, white below; iris pale, pupil black; with broad silver midlateral stripe; both tips of tail fin black.

Maximum size 15 cm.

Inhabits sandy or muddy shores, also enters brackish estuaries.

Depth: 0-10 m?

The Gulf of California to Peru.

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  • Freshwater
  • Marine
  • Brackish
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Near Surface
  • Surface
  • Water column only
  • Estuary
  • Water column
  • Freshwater
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
FishBase Habitat
  • Pelagic
Feeding Group
  • Data
  • Planktivore
  • Pelagic crustacea
  • Pelagic fish larvae
  • Data
  • Pelagic fish eggs
  • Zooplankton
Egg Type
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
  • No data
Global Endemism
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • East Pacific endemic
  • All species
Regional Endemism
  • All species
  • TEP endemic
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Continent
  • Island (s)
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
  • Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
  • North Temperate (Californian Province &/or Northern Gulf of California)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 15
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 10