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Anisotremus scapularis

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dark grey, LL silver
D & A: front rays longest - > triangular fin



Anisotremus scapularis (Tschudi, 1845)

Peruvian grunt

Body moderately 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, 14-17; anal III, 12-13, 2nd  spine long and thick;  anterior rays of dorsal and anal fin much taller than posterior rays, giving these fins a somewhat triangular outline; pectoral fins short, not reaching anal origin; tail straight to slightly concave; 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 oblique rows above lateral line.

Dark charcoal grey to brownish on upper half, white below; a silvery-white streak along lateral line (rapidly fades after death).

Size: grows to 40 cm.

Habitat: forms large schools on rocky reefs.

Depth: 5-30 m.

Galapagos Islands, Malpelo, Cocos, northern Peru to Chile.

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