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| Common names: silverside (English), pejerrey (Espanol) |
Atherinopsis californiensis Girard, 1854
Head and body compressed; snout pointed; mouth small, opens at front, extendible; edge of top lip folded down; teeth conical, in 2-3 rows on jaws; eye small (< ½ snout length); gill rakers rounded, not serrated, 30-40 lower rakers; 1st dorsal VII, entire fin well before anal fin; last ray of 2nd dorsal over last 1-3 rays of anal fin; 2nd dorsal I, 10; pelvics inserted a little nearer anal fin origin than top corner of pectoral base; pectoral short, barely reaches pelvic origin; scales large, smooth; 10-12 scales between dorsal fins.
Greenish blue back, stripe on flank grey, operculum bright yellow.
Size: 48.6 cm.
Habitat: coastal pelagic.
Depth: surface. 0-29 m.
Temperate NE Pacific; Oregon to southern Baja, also the SW and central E Gulf of California.