Verilus pseudomicrolepis

Common Name

Smallscale Lanternbelly

Year Described

Schultz, 1940

Identification

Dorsal Fin: IX-I, 9-10
Anal Fin: II, 7-9 (usually 9)
Pectoral Fin: 15-16
Pelvic Fin: I, 5
Lateral Line Scales: 31-38
Gill Rakers: 23-26 total in first arch (16-18 in lower limb)

Body quite elongate with body depth 3.3-3.8 times in SL. Upper and lower jaws with canine teeth. Palatine teeth villiform. Preopercle with a few weak serrations. Lower rear margin of preopercle without ridges. Dorsal fins very close together or touching. Anterior margin of pelvic fin smooth. Anterior edge of second dorsal and anal fin spines smooth.

Color

Dark above, grading to silvery below.

Size

Ranges from 53-145mm SL.

Habitat

Continental shelf from 180-576m.

Range

Caribbean Sea: Cuba and off Suriname.

References

Heemstra, P.C. 2002. Parazenidae (Pp. 1203-1204), Zeniontidae (Pp. 1205-1206), Zeidae (Pp. 1207-1209), Oreosomatidae (Pp. 1212-1213), Grammicolepidae (Pp. 1214-1216), Moronidae (Pp. 1294-1296), Acropomatidae (Pp. 1299-1303). In: Carpenter, 2002. The living marine resources of the Western Central Atlantic Vol. 2: Bony fishes part 1 (Acipenseridae to Grammatidae). FAO Species Identification Guides for Fisheries Purposes. American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists Special Publication No. 5.

Mejía, L.S., A. Acero P., A. Roa and L. Saavedra. 2001. Review of the fishes of the genus Synagrops from the tropical Western Atlantic (Perciformes: Acropomatidae). Caribb. J. Sci. 37(3-4):202-209.

Schwarzhans, W.W. & A.M. Prokofiev. 2017. Reappraisal of Synagrops Günther, 1887 with rehabilitation and revision of Parascombrops Alcock, 1889 including description of seven new species and two new genera (Perciformes: Acropomatidae). Zootaxa 4260: 1-74.