Macroramphosus gracilis (Lowe, 1839)
Slender snipefish
Macroramphosus gracilis
photo by NOAA\NMFS\Mississippi Laboratory

Family:  Centriscidae (Snipefishes and shrimpfishes), subfamily: Macroramphosinae
Max. size:  15 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  pelagic-oceanic; marine; depth range 50 - 500 m
Distribution:  Indo-Pacific and Western Central Atlantic: Indo-West-Pacific: Africa through the tropical Pacific to Hawaii and Desventuradas Is. and Juan Fernandez Is. (Ref. 89357). Eastern Central Pacific: California, USA. Western Central Atlantic: Florida, USA and Bahamas to Cuba (Ref. 7251).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 4-7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 10-13; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 18-19; Vertebrae: 23-24. Branchiostegal rays: 4 (Ref. 36710).
Biology:  Found in a wide range of habitats, from near surface to near bottom and sometimes in huge schools (Ref. 2850). May range into coastal waters (Ref. 36711). Oviparous, with planktonic eggs and larvae (Ref. 36711). Seems to be sympatric with Macroramphosus scolopax (Linnaeus, 1758) all around the world (Ref. 89357).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Froese, Rainer - 01.05.91
Modified by: Kesner-Reyes, Kathleen - 30.05.12

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