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Perciformes  -  Haemulidae  -  Anisotremus  -  Anisotremus taeniatus

Anisotremus taeniatus

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head: 2 dark bars
body: blue stripes



Anisotremus taeniatus Gill, 1861

Panamic porkfish

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, 15-17; anal III, 9-10, 2nd  spine long and thick;  pectoral fins long, 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 ; lateral-line scales 49-57.

Bright yellow with dark-edged blue stripes on side; a pair of blackish bars anteriorly, one through eye and another immediately behind head;
 juveniles with yellow head and anterodorsal region of body, a dark brown midlateral stripe, and large black spot on base of tail fin.

Size: to 30 cm.

Habitat: generally seen in small aggregations on rocky reefs, but not particularly common.

Depth: 5-25 m.

Southern Baja and the lower Gulf of California to northern Peru, the Revillagigedos, Cocos and Malpelo.

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