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Perciformes  -  Serranidae  -  Paralabrax  -  Paralabrax maculatofasciatus

Paralabrax maculatofasciatus

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head, body & fins - dark spots

oblique bar - eye to lower corner operculum
~ 6 indistinct bars on body

spots form dark lines behind belly
D: 3rd spine 3 times 2nd

13-15 lower gill rakers
pectoral 16


Paralabrax maculatofasciatus (Steindachner, 1868)

Spotted sand-bass

Body moderately elongate, compressed; body depth 3.0-3.3 in SL; head pointed; mouth large; preopercle finely serrated; lower gill rakers 13-15; dorsal rays X, 13-14,  third spine greatly elevated, about three times longer than second; anal rays III,6-8; pectoral rays 16; 61-68 lateral line scales.

Generally white with numerous black, brown, and orange spots that may coalesce to form dark lines behind lower belly; 6-7 indistinct dark bars on side of body; an oblique bar from eye to lower corner of operculum; smaller fish with a dark line from eye to tail fin; soft dorsal, tail and anal fins densely spotted.

Size: attains 38.1 cm.

Inhabits low-profile, often weed-covered, reefs adjacent to sandy bottoms.

Depth: 1-60 m.

Central California to the Gulf of California, most common in the northern Gulf.

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