Selene orstedii  Lütken, 1880

Mexican moonfish
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Carangidae (Jacks and pompanos) > Caranginae
Etymology: Selene: Greek, selene = moon (Ref. 45335).   More on author: Lütken.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; benthopelagic.   Tropical; 24°N - 4°N

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 33.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 55763); common length : 25.0 cm FL male/unsexed; (Ref. 9283)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

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).

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Eastern Pacific: Baja California, Mexico to Colombia.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

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).

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Main reference Upload your references | References | Coordinator : Smith-Vaniz, William F. | Collaborators

Smith-Vaniz, W.F., 1995. Carangidae. Jureles, pámpanos, cojinúas, zapateros, cocineros, casabes, macarelas, chicharros, jorobados, medregales, pez pilota. p. 940-986. In W. Fischer, F. Krupp, W. Schneider, C. Sommer, K.E. Carpenter and V. Niem (eds.) Guia FAO para Identification de Especies para lo Fines de la Pesca. Pacifico Centro-Oriental. 3 Vols. FAO, Rome. (Ref. 9283)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 96402)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




Human uses

Fisheries: minor commercial; gamefish: yes
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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5039   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.02239 (0.01003 - 0.04999), b=2.92 (2.73 - 3.11), based on LWR estimates for this Subfamily-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.3   ±0.9 se; Based on diet studies.
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (18 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Medium.