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  Common names: drift-fish (English), fat-head (English), flotador (Espanol)
Psenes arafurensis Günther, 1889

Banded fat-head,     Banded drift-fish

Body deep (depth > 40% of SL), more so in juveniles, compressed; 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, adult lower jaw with long knife-like teeth; teeth on front and sides of roof of mouth, and base of gill arches; 2 scarcely separate dorsal fins, X-XI + I-II, 20-23, its origin before, or, in large specimens, over pectoral origin; in adult pectoral long, bluntly pointed (short, rounded in juvenile), 18-20 rays; pelvics originate under pectoral base, attached to the abdomen, fold into a groove; anal fin II weak spines, 21-23; adult tail fin deeply forked, rounded tips in juvenile; branched mucous canal along length of flank; scales small, 55-62 on lateral line, 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 uniform dark to black, bases of median fins not translucent; juvenile  silvery to pale brown, with mottling or barring.

Size: 25 cm.

Habitat: oceanic.

Depth: 0-500 m?

Circumtropical; occurs between ~ 10N and 10S.


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