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| Common names: butterfish (English), palometa (Espanol), pampanito (Espanol) |
Stromateus stellatus Cuvier, 1829
Body ovate, elongate (depth 40% of length), compressed; snout blunt, rounded, longer than eye; mouth small, not reaching to under eye; dorsal and anal fins with long bases, their front lobes only slightly raised; dorsal with VII-VIII weak spines, 40-43 rays, with rearmost rays longest; anal III + 38; pectoral longer than head; pelvic fins under thorax in juvenile, absent in adult, which also lacks spine projecting from pelvis; tail deeply forked.
Silvery grey-brown, paler below, upper half of body and tail base with numerous pupil-sized round dark spots; dorsal grey, with black margin (wider anteriorly); tail and pectoral dark grey, anal pale grey.
Size: to 30 cm.
Habitat: pelagic, coastal.
Depth: 0-100 m?
Ecuador to central Chile.