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Dactyloscopus fimbriatus (Reid, 1935)
Dactyloscopus fimbriata

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Dactyloscopus fimbriatus
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Dactyloscopus fimbriatus

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Dactyloscopus fimbriatus
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Dactyloscopus fimbriatus
Dactyloscopus fimbriatus
© Copyright Photographer/SFTEP, 2002 · 0
Dactyloscopus fimbriatus

Main identification features
  • eyes on stalks, with papillae
  • top back - row white spots; side - dark stripes
  • no notch under tail base
  • mouth pigmented
  • c: short, base - black spot
Head large, flattened above, rounded and narrow at front; both lips with flaps; eyes on stalks, with papillae; rear nostril at front edge of preorbital bone; lower jaw projects beyond lower lip; dorsal fin origin on nape, before level of upper corner of operculum; front spines of dorsal fin separate from fin and without membranes, rays XI-XIV, 31-36; anal II, 35-41; pectoral usually 13 rays; lateral line scales 49-54; scales above all of lateral line; no notch under end of tail base; tail fin rays simple, fin short (<12% of standard length).

Inside mouth pigmented; nape with dark network, without bars; 3-6 small pale spots along dorsal fin base; sides either with 2 stripes or flecked with brown; +/- dark spot on base of tail fin; dorsal and anal lightly shaded with brown.

Size: 10.4 cm.

Habitat: coastal sandy areas and estuaries.

Depth: 10-40 m.

Southern Baja and the central western Gulf of California, and Central Mexico to Ecuador.

Abundance: Common.
Cites: Not listed.
Climate Zone: Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap); Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos); Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo).
Depth Range Max: 40 m.
Depth Range Min: 1 m.
Diet: bony fishes; mobile benthic worms; mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs); mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves.
Eastern Pacific Range: Northern limit=28; Southern limit=-3; Western limit=-113; Eastern limit=-78; Latitudinal range=31; Longitudinal range=35.
Egg Type: Benthic; Pelagic larva.
Feeding Group: Carnivore.
FishBase Habitat: Demersal.
Global Endemism: Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic; East Pacific endemic; All species.
Habitat: Sand & gravel; Soft bottom (mud, sand,gravel, beach, estuary & mangrove); Soft bottom only.
Inshore Offshore: Inshore; Inshore Only.
IUCN Red List: Not evaluated / Listed.
Length Max: 10.4 cm.
Regional Endemism: Continent; Continent only; TEP endemic; Continental TEP endemic; 3 provinces (Cortez + Mexican + Panamic) endemic; All species.
Residency: Resident.
Salinity: Brackish; Marine.
Water Column Position: Bottom; Bottom only;

Links to other sites

  • Béarez, P., 1996., Lista de los Peces Marinos del Ecuador Continental., Revista de Biologia Tropical, 44:731-741.
  • Dawson, C.E., 1975., Studies on eastern Pacific sand stargazers (Pisces: Dactyloscopidae). 2.Genus Dactyloscopus, with descriptions of new species and subspecies., Nat. Hist. Mus. Los Angeles Co. Sci. Bull., 22:1-61.
  • Findley, L.T., Hendrickx, M.E., Brusca, R.C., van der Heiden, A.M., Hastings, P.A., Torre, J., 2003., Diversidad de la Macrofauna Marina del Golfo de California, Mexico., CD-ROM versión 1.0. Projecto de la Macrofauna del Golfo .  Derechos reservados de los autores y Conservación Internacional.
  • Jimenez-Prado, P., Béarez, P., 2004., Peces marinos del Ecuador continental / Marine fishes of continental Ecuador., SIMBIOE/NAZCA/IFEA tomo 1 y 2.
  • Lopez , M. I. and Bussing, W. A., 1982., Lista provisional de los peces marinos de la Costa Rica., Revista de Biologia Tropical, 30(1):5-26.
  • Love, M.S., Mecklenburg, C.W., Mecklenburg, T.A., Thorsteinson, L.K., 2005., es of the West Coast and Alaska: a checklist of North Pacific and Artic Ocena species from Baja California to the Alaska-Yukon border., U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division, 288pp.
  • Myers , G.S. and Wade, C.B., 1946., New fishes of the families Dactyloscopidae, Microdesmidae and Antennariidae from the west coast of Mexico and the Galapagos Islands with a brief account of the use of rotenone fish poisons in Ichthyological collecting., Allan Hancock Pacific Expeditions, 9(6):151-179.
  • Reid, E.D., 1935., Two new fishes of the families Dactyloscopidae and Clinidae from Ecuador and the Galapagos., Copeia, 1935:163-166.
  • Rubio, E.A., 1986., Notas sobre la ictiofauna de la Isla de Gorgona, Colombia., Boletin Ecotropica. Univ. Bog. Jorge Tadeo Lozano, 13:86-112.
  • Van der Heiden , A. M. and Findley, L. T., 1988., Lista de los peces marinos del sur de Sinaloa, México., Anales del Centro de Ciencias del Mar y Limnologia de la Universidad Autonoma Nacional de Mexico, 15:209-224.


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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Dactyloscopidae (Sand stargazers)
Etymology: Dactyloscopus: Greek, daktylos = finger + Greek, skopein = to look (Ref. 45335 )

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