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| Common names: driftfish (English), flotador (Espanol), derivante (Espanol) |
Psenes cyanophrys in Cuvier & Valenciennes, 1833)
Freckled driftfish, Striped driftfish
Body oval, deeper in juveniles, compressed; snout blunt; eye large, with ring of fatty tissue around it; operculum thin, with 2 short spines; mouth small, at front; jaw teeth small, conical, in 1 row, upper and lower teeth the same; teeth on front and sides of roof of mouth, and base of gill arches; 2 scarcely separate dorsal fins, IX-XI + I, 23-28, spines shorter than rays, its origin before, or, in large specimens, over pectoral origin; pectoral long, bluntly pointed,17-20 rays; pelvics originate under pectoral base, attached to the abdomen, fold into a groove; anal fin II weak spines, 23-28; tail fin deeply forked; branched mucous canal along length of flank; scales tiny, very thin, cover bases of median fins, on top of head in a narrow band, reach only to between eyes; lateral line high on body.
Adult: yellowish with dark longitudinal lines on side. Juvenile: translucent whitish with silvery head and abdomen.
Size: grows to at least 20 cm.
Inhabits surface layers of the high seas; young are associated with drifting jellyfish and floating Sargassum.
Depth: 0-550 m.
Worldwide in temperate and tropical seas; in the TEP between ~the equator and 10N.