Peprilus simillimus (Ayres, 1860)
Pacific pompano
photo by FAO

Family:  Stromateidae (Butterfishes)
Max. size:  28 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; depth range 9 - 91 m
Distribution:  Northeast Pacific: Queen Charlotte Sound in British Columbia, Canada to southern Baja California Sur and the Gulf of California. Occurrence in Nicaragua needs verification.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 3-3; Dorsal soft rays (total): 45-47; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 39-44; Vertebrae: 29. Brilliantly iridescent, green or blue above, silvery below; dusky on fins (Ref. 6885).
Biology:  Commonly found on sand bottom of exposed coasts. Usually occurs in shallow water near shore and often forms small, but fairly dense, schools (Ref. 4563).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 02 May 2008 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Luna, Susan M. - 17.10.90
Modified by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 23.09.98
Checked by: Torres, Armi G. - 27.07.94

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