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Beryciformes  -  Holocentridae  -  Plectrypops  -  Plectrypops lima

Plectrypops lima

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eyes high

mouth opens below eye level
body & fins bright red



Plectrypops lima (Valenciennes in Cuvier & Valenciennes, 1831)

Roughscale soldierfish,     Shy soldierfish

Body ovate, deep; snout moderately pointed with relatively long straight forehead; eyes large, at upper margin of head; mouth moderately large, slightly oblique; edge of bone under eye with small, slender, curved, partly forward-pointing spines; no large spines at corner of operculum or preoperculum; dorsal with XII spines , last spine shorter than spine before it, divided to base between 11th  and 12th  spines, dorsal spines relatively short, 14-16 soft rays; anal fin IV, 10-12, none of spines extremely long or thick; tail fin small, forked, with strongly rounded lobes; scales very rough; lateral-line scales 39-42.

Uniform bright red.

Size: grows to 16 cm.

Habitat: a seldom seen fish that hides in caves and crevices during the day.

Depth: 3-40 m.

Widespread in the tropical Indo-Pacific; known in the eastern Pacific from Cocos and Clipperton and the Revillagigedos.

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