IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: leatherjack (English), piña (Espanol), cuero (Espanol), zapatero (Espanol)
Oligoplites refulgens Gilbert & Starks, 1904

Shortjaw leatherjack

Elongate, very compressed; body slender; snout pointed; upper jaw terminating before rear margin of pupil, its length 41-46% of head length; upper jaw 2 distinct rows of teeth; gill rakers (excluding rudiments) 6-8 + 19-22; dorsal rays IV-V+I, 19-21; anal rays II+I, 19-22, fin base about = to that of soft dorsal fin; posterior 11-15 dorsal and anal soft rays forming semi-detached finlets; pectoral short (< head length); lateral line slightly arched over pectoral fin, but mainly straight; scales needle shaped, partly buried; no scutes on lateral line.

Silvery, tail and pectoral fins yellow; dorsal and anal fins dark.

Size: attains 30 cm, common to 20 cm.

Habitat: demersal; occurs in schools along sandy beaches.

Depth: 0-30 m.

The Gulf of California to Ecuador, and Malpelo.


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