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Perciformes  -  Gerreidae  -  Eugerres  -  Eugerres axillaris

Eugerres axillaris

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preopercle & bone under eye serrated

lower gil rakers: 14-15
pectoral: passes A origin, axil dark
2nd A spine < 2nd D spine


Eugerres axillaris (Günther, 1864)

Black-axillary mojarra

Body high, rhomboidal (height ~ 50% of SL), compressed; upper head profile steep, ~ straight; lower profile of head distinctively concave; mouth highly extensible, pointing downward when protruded; 14-16 lower gill rakers; lower border of preopercle serrated; bone under front of eye with serrated border; teeth inside throat all pointed; dorsal fin IX, 9-10, elevated at front,  2nd  spine shorter than head, 21-29.4% of SL; anal fin III, 8, 2nd  anal spine thick, long, a little shorter than 2nd  dorsal spine; pectoral longer than head, reaches past line through anal fin origin, lower border concave; tail forked; scales large, conspicuous and finely rough, covering most of head and body; dorsal and anal fins fold into a high scaly sheath along their bases.

Body silver, darker on back; thin dark lines along scale rows very evident on upper ½ of body; fins dark, spiny dorsal with thin black margin; inside pectoral base dark.

        Size: 25 cm.

Habitat: in shallow coastal areas and lagoons.

Depth: 0-30 m?

        Southern Baja and the southern Gulf of California to Honduras.

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