Shorefishes of the Tropical Eastern Pacific Online Information System
Updated: 06/12/2008  

Contributors | Glossary | Settings  
Home General
What Fish is That?The FishesLibraryRandom ImagesGlossaryResearch Engine

Species Information          
Book mode off
  Book mode off  
Perciformes  -  Labridae  -  Semicossyphus  -  Semicossyphus darwini

Semicossyphus darwini

All Families(148) All Genera(504) All Species(1287)
reddish/ blue-grey
yellow patch over pectoral

chin white



Semicossyphus darwini (Jenyns, 1842)

Pacific red sheephead,       Galapagos sheephead

Body robust; head bluntly pointed; 2 pairs of enlarged, curved canines at front of each jaw; rear of upper jaw with moderately enlarged canine on each side; dorsal fin with XII spines, 10 rays; anal rays III, 11 or 12; pectoral rays 18; lateral line complete, smoothly arched; scales relatively small, 53-56 on lateral line, those on head reaching only to rear of eyes.

IP:  red with white chin; a large yellow patch just behind head and black spot at front of dorsal fin; TP:  bluish grey; chin white; a large yellow patch behind head.

Maximum size to about 70 cm.

Habitat: found along rocky shores of the cooler southern and western regions of the Galapagos.

Depth: 3-100 m.

Ecuador to northern Chile, and Galapagos Islands.

  WoRMS FishBase Search OBIS Search
ITIS Catalog of Fishes Encyclopedia of Life

Questions or comments

Email STRI data manager

Print Friendly Version

© Copyright 2008 to 2015 - Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
Programmed by Coeus Knowledge Systems Pty Ltd