IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: butterfish (English), pampanito (Espanol), palometa (Espanol)
Peprilus snyderi Gilbert & Starks, 1904

Short-finned butterfish,     Salema butterfish

Body highly compressed, an elongate oval; shallow to moderately deep body (depth 37-52% of SL); eye large, surrounded by a fatty right; snout ~ eye length or longer, mouth small, oblique, ends before or under front of eye; jaw teeth compressed, 3-pointed, in 1 row, no teeth on roof of mouth; gill rakers 23-26; dorsal and anal fins long based, front lobes slightly raised in a blunt point, anal much lower than dorsal; dorsal rays III, 47 (43-49); anal rays II, 42 (40-44); no pelvic fins but a small spine projecting from pelvis; pectorals long and pointed, 22-23 rays;  tail fin deeply forked, stiff; scales very small, smooth, very easily shed; dorsal and anal fins covered with scales; lateral line high, follows upper body profile, almost complete;  36 vertebrae. 

Silvery white to bluish on back.

Size: attains 39 cm.

Inhabits soft bottoms of coastal areas, including river mouths.

Depth: 0-108 m.

Southern Baja and the Gulf of California to northern Peru.


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