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Perciformes  -  Haemulidae  -  Anisotremus  -  Anisotremus caesius

Anisotremus caesius

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front yellow + dark bar behind opercle
D 15-16
longest D spine & 2nd A spine < 1/2 head

  pectoral > head


Anisotremus caesius (Jordan & Gilbert, 1882)

Long-fin grunt,     Silver-grey grunt

Body deep, compressed, back high; head short, blunt; mouth small, low, ~ horizontal, lips fleshy; inside mouth not red; teeth in bands on jaws, outer ones larger, conical, none on center roof of mouth; a pair of conspicuous pores plus a central groove under the chin; preopercle finely serrated; dorsal continuous but deeply notched, 4th  spine longest, XII, 15-16; anal III, 9-10, 2nd  spine long and thick; longest dorsal spine and 2nd  anal spine < ½ head length; pectoral fins relatively long, reaching to or beyond anal fin origin; tail forked; scales moderate to large, rough, over entire body and head except front of snout, lips and chin, on membranes between dorsal and anal soft rays; lines of scales above lateral line in rows parallel to lateral line; lateral-line scales 50-54.
Most of head and body golden or yellowish becoming white on lower sides; a broad blackish bar immediately behind head; fins mainly yellowish.

Size: grows to at least 30 cm.

Occurs on rocky reefs; sometimes seen with Anisotremus taeniatus, but usually not as common as that species.

Depth: 3-25 m.

Mexico (Mazatlan) to Peru, and Cocos.

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