| Common names: mojarra (English), mojarra (Espanol), palmito (Espanol) |
Eugerres periche (Evermann & Radcliffe, 1917)
Body high, rhomboidal (height ~ 50% of SL), compressed; upper head profile steep, ~ straight; lower profile of head distinctively concave; mouth highly extensible, pointing downward when protruded; 12-13 lower gill rakers; lower border of preopercle serrated; bone under front of eye with serrated border; teeth inside throat all pointed; dorsal fin IX, 8, elevated at front, 2nd spine longer than distance between tip of snout and rear of eye; anal fin III, 8, 2nd anal spine thick, long, a little shorter than 2nd dorsal spine; pectoral long (length ~ equal to head length), reaches almost to line through anal origin; tail forked; scales large, conspicuous and finely rough, covering most of head and body; dorsal and anal fins fold into a high scaly sheath along their bases.
Body silver, darker on back; thin dark lines along scale rows very evident on upper 1/2 of body; fins dark, spiny dorsal with thin black margin; inside pectoral base not dark.
Size: 32 cm.
Habitat: coastal areas, soft bottoms and in estuaries.
Depth: 0-30 m?
Panama to Peru.
Global Endemism: All species, East Pacific endemic, Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
Regional Endemism: All species, TEP endemic, Continental TEP endemic, Panamic province endemic, Continent, Continent only
Climate Zone: Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo), South Temperate (Peruvian Province )
Catalog Number: USNM 77743
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Division of Fishes
Preparation: Radiograph; Illustration
Collector(s): R. Coker
Locality: Tumbes R., Peru, Peru, South America
Inshore/Offshore: Inshore, Inshore Only
Water Column Position: Bottom, Bottom only
Habitat: Soft bottom (mud, sand,gravel, beach, estuary & mangrove), Soft bottom only, Sand & gravel, Estuary
FishBase Habitat: Bentho-Pelagic
Habitat and Ecology
Diet: mobile benthic worms, mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs), mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
Life History and Behavior
CITES: Not listed
IUCN Red List Assessment
Red List Category
Red List Criteria