IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

Comprehensive Description

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  Common names: herring (English), sardina (Espanol), arenquilla (Espanol)
Odontognathus panamensis (Steindachner, 1876)

Panama longfin herring

Elongate, very compressed, slender, body depth about 4.2-4.9 in SL; top of head strongly concave; mouth strongly oblique; lower jaw projecting; upper jaw long, extending to or past gill opening; no pelvic fins; very small dorsal fin, 12 rays, behind mid-body; anal base with very long base, 61-68 rays; a strongly serrated, uninterrupted, convex keel of about 29-30 on belly.

Overall silvery.

Maximum length to 21 cm.

Inhabits coastal seas, sometimes entering brackish estuaries.

Depth: 0-10 m?

El Salvador to Colombia.   


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