Pellona harroweri (Fowler, 1917)
American coastal pellona
photo by Vaske Jr., T.

Family:  Pristigasteridae (Pristigasterids)
Max. size:  18 cm TL (male/unsexed); max.weight: 33.0 g
Environment:  pelagic-neritic; brackish; marine; depth range 5 - 36 m
Distribution:  Western Atlantic: Panama, Trinidad, and the Guianas southward to southern Brazil.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 0; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 36-42. Belly with 17 to 20 + 5 to 7, total 22 to 26 scutes. Eye large, lower jaw projecting; upper jaw with a toothed hypo-maxillary bone between hind tip of pre-maxilla and lower bulge of maxilla blade. Pelvic fins with distinct axillary scale; anal fin long, its origin under middle of dorsal fin base. Scales easily lost (Ref. 188). Bluish gray above, sides silvery (Ref. 37032).
Biology:  Found inshore, along beaches and down to at least 16 m over a muddy bottom. Enters estuaries, but perhaps not tolerating very low salinities (Ref. 12225).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 05 March 2017 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Binohlan, Crispina B. - 17.10.90
Modified by: Bailly, Nicolas - 04.10.18
Checked by: Binohlan, Crispina B. - 27.07.94

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