Opisthopterus macrops


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Opisthopterus macrops
Species Authority: (Günther, 1867)
Common Name(s):
English Bigeyed longfin herring
Spanish Arenquilla ojón
Pristigaster macrops Günther, 1867

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2007-05-24
Assessor(s): Cotto, A., Medina, E. & Bernal, O.
Reviewer(s): Carpenter, K., Polidoro, B. & Livingstone, S. (Global Marine Species Assessment Team)
There are no known major threats to this species, and no current indication of population decline from small-scale fisheries. It is listed as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is endemic to the Eastern Pacific region, and is found from El Salvador to southern Panama.
Costa Rica; El Salvador; Honduras; Nicaragua; Panama
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Pacific – eastern central
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Population [top]

Population: No population information is available for this species.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This pelagic fish is found in shallow coastal waters (Whitehead and Rodríguez-Sánchez 1995).
Systems: Marine

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species is used in subsistence fisheries in some areas within its restricted range (Whitehead, 1985). For example, it is not targeted in subsistence fisheries in Nicaragua and Panama.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats known for this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no known conservation measures for this species. However, this species distribution falls partially into a number of Marine Protected Areas (WDPA 2006).

Citation: Cotto, A., Medina, E. & Bernal, O. 2010. Opisthopterus macrops. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 30 March 2015.
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