Paralepis brevirostris

Author: (Parr, 1928)

Paralepis brevirostris (Parr, 1928)

Status in World Register of Marine Species:
Accepted name: Paralepis brevirostris (Parr, 1928) (updated 2009-06-25)

Diagnosis: body moderately elongate, its depth about 5-9 times in SL. Head about 4 times in SL; upper jaw about equal to snout, its tip distinctly behind nostril; gillrakers present, about 10 on each bony base, the longest about twice the length of next longest. Dorsal fin well behind midpoint of body, with 10-12 finrays; adipose dorsal fin near tail; pectoral finrays 16-17; pelvic fins below dorsal fin origin, with 9 finrays anal fin far back, with 22-24 finrays. Lateral line scales 53-57. Vertebrae 64-67. Colour: brownish, lighter below; 5-10 peritoneal sections in young. Size: known to 19.4 cm.

Habitat: meso- to bathypelagic, to below 1,000 m; young individuals near surface, larger individuals at greater depths. Food: carnivorous; small fishes and crustaceans. Reproduction: throughout year in tropical and subtropical waters.

Distribution: tropical and subtropical waters. Elsewhere, other tropical and subtropical parts of Atlantic, also Indian Ocean, around Philippines and South China Sea. Adults are known only from the Atlantic.

Eggs, larvae and young stages. Ege, 1953: 13 | Rofen, 1966: 248-253.
Otoliths (sagitta). No data.