Paralepis coregonoides

FamilyScientific NameAuthorYearCommon Name
ParalepididaeParalepis coregonoidesRisso1820Sharpchin Barracudina

Family Paralepididae — Small to medium-sized (6 to 56 cm), very elongate and slender aulopiform fishes; cross-section of body oval or compressed. Eye medium to large, nontubular, located on side of head. Snout very long and pointed with terminal mouth, but lower jaw projects as fleshy process; mouth extends to front of eye or under middle of eye. Teeth small; alternately fixed and depressible fang-like teeth on lower jaw and roof of mouth. Single small supramaxilla on dorsal edge of maxilla. Gill rakers reduced to small multiple spines set on bony plates.

Paralepis coregonoides

Unique Characters: Body elongate, its depth 10 or more times in standard length. Snout pointed, about half head length. Gill rakers needle-like in multiple series on bony bases. Dorsal fin short, well behind midpoint of body, with 9-10 fin rays. A small adipose dorsal fin near tail. Pectoral fin rays 11-13; pelvic fins behind dorsal fin base, with 9 fin rays; anal fin far back on body, with 30-32 fin rays. Anus between pelvic fins. Body scaled, but scales delicate and easily shed; 62-67 scales in lateral line. Large melanophores scattered to make dark dorsal band. Size: to 29 cm.

Similar Species: None.


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