Paralepis speciosa

Author: Bellotti, 1878

Paralepis speciosa Bellotti, 1878

Status in World Register of Marine Species:
Accepted name: Paralepis speciosa Bellotti, 1878 (updated 2009-06-25)

Diagnosis (on young specimens only): body moderately elongate, its depth about 8-9 times in SL. Head 3.1-3.6 times in SL; upper jaw shorter than snout, its tip below nostril; gillrakers present. Dorsal fin behind midpoint of body, with 10-11 finrays; pectoral finrays 15-16; pelvic fins about below dorsal fin origin, with 9 finrays; anal fin far back, with 22-24 finrays. Lateral line scales (no data). Vertebrae 66-70. Colour: silvery; about 9 peritoneal sections in young. Size: adults unknown.

Habitat: pelagic, but no data on vertical distribution. Food: no data. Reproduction: no data.

Distribution: Mediterranean.

Note: known only from records of post-larval and adolescent specimens separation from P. coregonoides on head length (see key) is unsatisfactory.

Eggs, larvae and young stages. Ege, 1930: 47-54 | Spartà, 1949: 157, fig. 1-7.
Otoliths (sagitta). No data.