Pampus minor Liu & Li, 1998
Southern lesser pomfret
Pampus minor
photo by Liu, J.

Family:  Stromateidae (Butterfishes)
Max. size:  13.44 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; marine
Distribution:  Western Pacific: ranges as far north as Xiamen, Fujian Province, China. Probably occurring in southeast Asian seas.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 7-9; Dorsal soft rays (total): 34-39; Anal spines: 5-7; Anal soft rays: 35-39. The halberd-shaped spines of dorsal and anal fins are conspicuous in both juvenile and adult fish and not embedded in skin. Eyes large, eye diameter 2.8-3.5 in head length. Parasphenoid of skull round curve-shaped, orbital fossa large, semi-circular shaped. Otolith thick and solid, its anterior notch shallow. Number of precaudal and caudal vertebrae few, 12-13 + 17 = 29-30. 3rd to 5th haemal spines of caudal vertebrae triangular, flattened and broadest in the middle part of anterior rim.
Biology:  Found in coastal waters.
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (130435)
Threat to humans:  harmless

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