Selene setapinnis

Selene setapinnis
Atlantic Moonfish – Selene setapinnis

Selene setapinnis

FamilyScientific NameAuthorYearCommon Name
CarangidaeSelene setapinnis(Mitchill)1815Atlantic Moonfish

Unique Characters: Posterior straight part of lateral line with enlarged hardened scutes. Body superficially naked, scales minute and embedded where present (except some scales in posterior part of straight lateral line consisting of weak to moderate scutes). Adults with pelvic fins short, about 1/4 to 1/2 upper jaw length. Anterior profile of head curved with a slight concavity in front of eyes. In juveniles, anterior dorsal-fin spines distinctly elongate. Dorsal- and anal-fin lobes only slightly or not elongate. Small juveniles with an oval black spot over straight part of lateral line.

Similar Species: Lookdown Selene vomer. Posterior straight part of lateral line with enlarged hardened scutes. Body superficially naked, scales minute and embedded where present (except some scales in posterior part of straight lateral line consisting of weak to moderate scutes). Adults with pelvic fins short, about 1/4 to 1/2 upper jaw length. Anterior profile of head nearly straight, without a slight concavity in front of eyes. In juveniles, anterior dorsal-fin spines distinctly elongate. Dorsal- and anal-fin lobes both greatly elongate in specimens greater than 20 mm fork length. Small juveniles with 4 or 5 faint, interrupted bands on sides.

Selene vomer
Lookdown – Selene vomer

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