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Harvestfish or American harvestfish ( Peprilus paru ). Gulf of Mexico.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Stromateidae
Genus: Peprilus
Species: P. paru
Binomial name
Peprilus paru
(Linnaeus, 1758)

The harvestfish (American harvestfish; Peprilus paru; syn. Peprilus alepidotus[1]), also occasionally known by a few local names as star butter fish or sometimes even simply as butterfish (market name), is a marine, benthopelagic, circular-shaped and deep-bodied fish classified in the family Stromateidae of butterfishes.

These fish grow usually to about 20 cm (8 inches) in length, and are deep-bodied and circular-shaped, with curved fins, rounded nose and small mouth. Harvestfish are greenish silvery above, silvery sometimes tinged with yellow on its sides and belly and the fins of some individuals are slightly dusky or yellowish. Their habitat is the subtropical waters of the Western Atlantic: Chesapeake Bay and northern Gulf of Mexico in USA to Argentina.

Harvestfish are sometimes caught commercially as a food fish.


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