Opisthopterus dovii (Günther, 1868)
Dove's longfin herring
Opisthopterus dovii
photo by Robertson, R.

Family:  Pristigasteridae (Pristigasterids)
Max. size:  23 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  pelagic-neritic; depth range 0 - 50 m
Distribution:  Eastern Pacific: Rio Muerto in the Gulf of California southward to Gulf of Guayaquil, Peru.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 55-62. Belly with about 29 scutes. Lower jaw projecting, its mouth pointing obliquely upward; no hypo-maxilla. Pectoral fin a little longer than head; dorsal fin origin nearer to caudal fin base than to vertical from pectoral fin base by 1 and 1/2 eye diameters (or behind midpoint of body by 2 and 1/4 eye diameter); anal fin long, its origin much nearer to snout tip than to caudal fin base.
Biology:  Occurs in coastal waters, perhaps entering brackish water (Ref. 9336). Feeds mainly on small fishes (Ref. 9336).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 30 April 2008 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Binohlan, Crispina B. - 17.10.90
Modified by: Reyes, Rodolfo B. - 25.04.18
Checked by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 13.07.95

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