Pliosteostoma lutipinnis


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Pliosteostoma lutipinnis
Species Authority: (Jordan & Gilbert, 1882)
Common Name(s):
English Yellowfin Herring
Spanish Arenquilla de Aleta Amarilla, Arenquilla Aleta Amarilla, Arenquillo Aleta Amar, Sardina Machete
French Poisson-papier Jaune
Pristigaster lutipinnis Jordan & Gilbert, 1882

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2008-04-30
Assessor(s): Iwamoto, T., Eschmeyer, W. & Alvarado, J.
Reviewer(s): Carpenter, K., Polidoro, B. & Livingstone, S. (Global Marine Species Assessment Team)
This species has a wide distribution, has no major threats, and occurs in several Marine Protected Areas. Therefore, it is listed as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: The range of this species in the tropical eastern Pacific extends from southern Baja California and the southeastern Gulf of California to Ecuador.
Colombia; Costa Rica; Ecuador; El Salvador; Guatemala; Honduras; Mexico; Nicaragua; Panama
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Pacific – eastern central; Pacific – southeast
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Population [top]

Population: In surveys of global demersal fauna from Mexico to Costa Rica, this species represents 541 kg, 0.25% of total weight, from a total of 208,163 kg. 270,077 individuals of this species where obtained from a total of 16,077,777 individuals from all the species in this survey. This species represents 1.67% of the total number of individuals with a frequency of 41 (Bianchi 1991).
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species occurs in coastal waters, possibly entering brackish estuaries (Whitehead 1985, Whitehead and Rodríguez-Sánchez 1995). It is found at depths to 10 m.It feeds on zooplankton and other small invertebrates, and it has pelagic eggs and larvae.
Systems: Marine

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats for this species. This species is important for subsistence fisheries (Whitehead and Rodríguez-Sánchez 1995).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no known conservation measures for this species. However, this species' distribution includes a number of Marine Protected Areas in the tropical eastern Pacific region.

Citation: Iwamoto, T., Eschmeyer, W. & Alvarado, J. 2010. Pliosteostoma lutipinnis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 29 August 2015.
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