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Sphyraena qenie Klunzinger, 1870
Sphyraena putnamae Jordan and Seale, 1907

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Sphyraena qenie
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Sphyraena qenie

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Sphyraena qenie

Main identification features
  • slender
  • 18-22 long bars; dorsal fin anal fin and tail: dark
  • c: with central lobes
  • pelvic under pectoral
  • lateral line has 120-130 scales
Elongate, cylindrical, slender; long head, long pointed snout; mouth large, horizontal, lower jaw longer; jaws and roof of mouth with large, pointed teeth; two well separated dorsal fins, first with V spines, second I,8 rays; lateral line complete, straight; origin of pelvic fins under pectoral, before first dorsal fin; scales smooth, 120-130 on lateral line; tail fin forked, with central lobes, particularly in large fish; opercle with 2 flat spines; anal 7 rays; pectoral 13 rays; teeth erect, compressed.

Bluey-grey above, silvery below, 18-22 oblique dark bars on back that extend well below lateral line; dorsals, tail and anal fin blackish, last 2 rays of anal pale, contrasting.

Size: 170 cm.

Habitat: coastal and oceanic, nearbottom to surface, often around reefs.

Depth: 0-100 m.

Indo-Pacific; the SE Gulf of California, Guatemala, western Panama, central Ecuador, and Clipperton Is and Gorgona Island (Colombia).

Abundance: Common.
Cites: Not listed.
Climate Zone: Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos); Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo).
Depth Range Max: 100 m.
Depth Range Min: 0 m.
Diet: bony fishes.
Eastern Pacific Range: Northern limit=22; Southern limit=-2; Western limit=-110; Eastern limit=-78; Latitudinal range=24; Longitudinal range=32.
Egg Type: Pelagic; Pelagic larva.
Feeding Group: Carnivore.
FishBase Habitat: Reef Associated.
Global Endemism: All Pacific (West + Central + East); Indo-Pacific only (Indian + Pacific Oceans); TEP non-endemic; "Transpacific" (East + Central &/or West Pacific); All species.
Habitat: Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom); Water column.
Inshore Offshore: Inshore; Inshore Only.
IUCN Red List: Not evaluated / Listed.
Length Max: 170 cm.
Regional Endemism: Island (s); Continent; Continent + Island (s); Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) non-endemic; Eastern Pacific non-endemic; All species.
Residency: Resident.
Salinity: Marine; Marine Only.
Water Column Position: Mid Water; Near Bottom; Near Surface; Water column only;

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Links to other sites

  • Acero, A. and Franke, R., 2001., Peces del parque nacional natural Gorgona. En: Barrios, L. M. y M. Lopéz-Victoria (Eds.). Gorgona marina: Contribución al conocimiento de una isla única., INVEMAR, Serie Publicaciones Especiales No. 7:123-131.
  • Allen , G.R. and Robertson, D.R., 1997., An Annotated Checklist of the fishes of Clipperton Atoll, Tropical Eastern Pacific., Revista de Biologia Tropical, 45:813-843.
  • Klunzinger,., 1870., Synopsis der Fische des Rothen Meeres. I. Theil. Percoiden-Mugiloiden., Verh. K.-K. Zool.-Bot. Ges. Wien, 20:669-834.
  • Smith , M. M. and Heemstra, P., 1986., Smith's Sea Fishes. Johannesburg: Macmillan South Africa. 1047 pp., Macmillan South Africa:1047pp.


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