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Odontognathus compressus  Meek & Hildebrand, 1923

Caribbean longfin herring
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Clupeiformes (Herrings) > Pristigasteridae (Pristigasterids)
Etymology: Odontognathus: Greek, odous = teeth + Greek, gnathos = jaw (Ref. 45335).   More on author: Meek, Hildebrand.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; brackish; pelagic-neritic.   Tropical, preferred ?; 14°N - 4°N, 84°W - 53°W (Ref. 188)

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Western Atlantic: Panama, Venezuela, Trinidad, Suriname or Cayenne - misidentified as mucronatus in Ref. 2860.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 15.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 5217); common length : 12.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 5217)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 0; Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 55 - 61. Belly with an uninterrupted keel of 24 to 28 scutes, the outer edges of the scutes distinctly serrated. Upper jaw broad at midpoint, tapering posteriorly, the tip reaching or surpassing gill opening. Pectoral fins large; dorsal fin rather small, set far back on body; anal fin long (Ref. 188). Sides of head silvery (Ref. 37032).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Occurs in coastal waters inshore, probably entering estuaries.

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Main reference Upload your references | References | Coordinator | Collaborators

Whitehead, P.J.P., 1985. FAO Species Catalogue. Vol. 7. Clupeoid fishes of the world (suborder Clupeioidei). An annotated and illustrated catalogue of the herrings, sardines, pilchards, sprats, shads, anchovies and wolf-herrings. FAO Fish. Synop. 125(7/1):1-303. Rome: FAO. (Ref. 188)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Fisheries: subsistence fisheries
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