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Anisotremus davidsonii

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silver + dark bar mid-body
edge operculum & base of pectoral black



Anisotremus davidsonii (Steindachner, 1876)

Sargo,     Xanthic sargo

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, XI-XII, 14-16; anal III, 9-11, 2nd  spine long but not greatly so;  pectoral fins relatively short, not, reaching origin of anal; 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; rear lines of scales oblique rows above lateral line; lateral-line scales 54-62.

Overall silvery with yellowish tinge; a prominent blackish bar on side at level of outer part of pectoral fin; upper margin of operculum black; black spot on outer pectoral base; juveniles have 2-3 blackish stripes on the side and lack a spot at the tail fin base.

Size: attains 60 cm, but common to 30 cm.

Habitat: found on rocky, weed-covered reefs, sometimes forming schools.

Depth: 5-61 m.

Central California to central Baja, the Gulf of California.

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