Selene brevoortii (Gill, 1863)
Hairfin lookdown
Selene brevoortii
photo by Robertson, R.

Family:  Carangidae (Jacks and pompanos), subfamily: Caranginae
Max. size:  38 cm FL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; marine; depth range 1 - 50 m
Distribution:  Eastern Pacific: southern tip of Baja California, Mexico to Ecuador.
Diagnosis:  Body short, deep, and strongly compressed; lower branch of first gill arch with 29 to 34 gill rakers; dorsal fin with 8 spines followed by another spine and 20 to 23 soft rays (VIII+1,20-23); anterior lobes of second dorsal and anal fins very long in adults; anterior dorsal spines greatly prolonged in juveniles; body scaleless; lateral line scutes very weak and poorly differentiated; body golden or silvery with metallic blue highlights; juveniles yellowish, with indistinct, interrupted, dark, transverse bars (Ref. 55763).
Biology:  Adults are found in shallow coastal waters in small schools near the bottom (Ref. 9283). They feed on small squids, shrimps, polychaetes and small fishes (Ref. 9283). Marketed fresh and salted (Ref. 9283). Depth range assumed (RF).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 30 April 2008 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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