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Species: Bellator loxias, Barred searobin, Chevron searobin

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snout: plates very short
D: 1st spine long, red + dark spot
side body: oblique orange bars
D2 red + white stripes
C white + 2 red bars
preopercular crest ends in 1 spine

Bellator loxias (Jordan, 1897)

Chevron searobin, Barred searobin

A large, squarish, bony head that has many ridges and spines; bony plates projecting at front of snout very short;  preopercular crest with 1 rear spine; narrow between eyes; mouth opens at front or slightly under snout; teeth on jaws and roof of mouth simple; two separate dorsal fins, X-XI + 10-11, 1st  spine longest, front edge serrated; anal rays 11; pectoral fins short, 23-34 percent of SL, reaching origin of anal fin, 12 rays, with 2-3 enlarged, free rays at bottom;  body with rough scales; rear flap of operculum without scales; nape not scaled;  breast and belly scaly; 49-55 lateral line scales.

Head and upper body red-brown, body white below, central sides of body with yellow and red diagonal bars; first dorsal red, with brown dots and a large dark spot between bases of 4th  and 5th  spines; second dorsal red, with white base, outer edge and a short white stripe at center front; anal fin white, with red rear margin; tail white, with 2 red bars, top and bottom edges red;  pectoral red, with 2 dark spots at front upper edge.

Size: 15 cm.

Habitat: sand and mud bottoms.

Depth: 20-191 m.

Southern Baja and SW and NE Gulf of California to Peru, the Revillagigedos and Cocos Island.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Sand & gravel
  • Mud
  • Soft bottom only
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • No Data
  • Carnivore
  • Zooplankton
  • No Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • No data
  • Pelagic larva
  • Pelagic
Global Endemism
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • East Pacific endemic
  • All species
Regional Endemism
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • TEP endemic
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Continent
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
  • South Temperate (Peruvian Province )
  • North Temperate (Californian Province &/or Northern Gulf of California)
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Least concern
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 15
Depth Range Min
  • 20
Depth Range Max
  • 191