Selene orstedii L├╝tken, 1880
Mexican moonfish
Selene orstedii
photo by Robertson, R.

 Family:  Carangidae (Jacks and pompanos), subfamily: Caranginae
 Max. size:  33 cm TL (male/unsexed)
 Environment:  benthopelagic
 Distribution:  Eastern Pacific: Baja California, Mexico to Colombia.
 Diagnosis:  Body very deep, short and compressed; lower branch of first gill arch with 14 to 17 gill rakers; dorsal fin with 8 spines followed by another spine and 17 to 18 soft rays (VII1, 17-18); anterior lobes of second dorsal and anal fins elongated in adults; anterior dorsal spines greatly prolonged in juveniles; body scaleless; lateral line scutes very weak and poorly differentiated; body silvery with metallic blue green highlights; juveniles yellowish, with 4 or 5 interrupted, dark, transverse bars (Ref. 55763).
 Biology:  Adults are found in shallow coastal waters in small schools, generally near the bottom (Ref. 9283). They feed on squid, small crabs, small fishes and polychaetes (Ref. 9283). Marketed fresh and salted or dried (Ref. 9283).
 IUCN Red List Status:   (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
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 Entered by: Luna, Susan M. - 10.11.90
 Modified by: Reyes, Rodolfo B. - 18.07.13
 Checked by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 21.06.95

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