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Lile nigrofasciata Castro-Aguirre, Ruiz-Campos and Balart, 2002
  Fish   Clupeidae   Lile

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Main identification features
  • iris black, pupil pale
  • dorsal fin origin over/before pelvic origin
  • c: both tips black
  • flank stripe dark green
Dorsal rays 13-17; origin of dorsal fin before that of pelvic fins; anal fin rays 14-16; body moderately slender, its depth 23-31% standard length; lower body profile strongly convex; operculum smooth, without bony ridges; none of dorsal fin rays forming elongate filament; rear margin of gill opening evenly rounded, without fleshy lobes; 34-49 midlateral scales.

Yellow-green on back, white below; inside operculum dark; iris blackish, pupil whitish, translucent; with broad dark green midlateral stripe; both tips of caudal fin black; anal, pectoral and pelvic fins whitish to yellowish.

Maximum size 13 cm.

Inhabits sandy or muddy shores, also enters brackish and high salinity estuaries.

Depth: 0-10 m?.

Lower Baja and the lower 2/3 of the Gulf of California to Peru.

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); South Temperate (Peruvian Province ).
Depth Range Max: 10 m.
Depth Range Min: 0 m.
Diet: Pelagic crustacea; zooplankton; pelagic fish larvae; pelagic fish eggs.
Eastern Pacific Range: Northern limit=29; Southern limit=-8; Western limit=-112; Eastern limit=-78; Latitudinal range=37; Longitudinal range=34.
Egg Type: Pelagic; Pelagic larva.
Feeding Group: Planktivore.
FishBase Habitat: Pelagic.
Global Endemism: Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic; East Pacific endemic; All species.
Habitat: Estuary; Water column.
Inshore Offshore: Inshore; Inshore Only.
IUCN Red List: Not evaluated / Listed.
Length Max: 13 cm.
Regional Endemism: TEP endemic; Continental TEP endemic; 3 provinces (Cortez + Mexican + Panamic) endemic; Continent only; Continent; All species.
Residency: Resident.
Salinity: Brackish; Marine; Hypersaline.
Water Column Position: Near Surface; Surface; Water column only;

Scientific source:

Links to other sites

  • Castro-Aguirre , J. L. , Ruiz-Campos , G. and Balart, E. F., 2002., A new species of the genus Lile (Clupeiformes: Clupeidae) of the Eastern Tropical Pacific., Bulletin of the Southern California Academy of Sciences, 101:1-12.
  • 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.
  • 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.


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