Species: Alphestes multiguttatus, Many-spotted hamlet, Pacific guaseta, Rivulated mutton-hamlet
Alphestes multiguttatus (Günther, 1867)
Many-spotted hamlet, Pacific guaseta, Rivulated mutton-hamlet
Body deep, strongly compressed; large eyes; snout short; forhead with straight profile; preopercle serrated, with large forward-curving spine at lower front corner; 3-5 rows of small teeth on each jaw, a pair of small canines at front of both jaws, most of teeth movable; 20-23 gill rakers; dorsal with XI spines, 18-20 rays, with little or no notch between spiny and soft parts; anal fin III, 9; pectoral 17-19; tail rounded; flank scales smooth.
Generally brown with dense covering of dark brown spots, coalesced to form stripes on rear of body; pectoral fins yellowish with 5-6 dark brown bars.
Size: grows to about 25 cm.
Inhabits tidepools, rocky reefs, and adjacent sand patches.
Depth: 1-30 m.
Southern Baja and NE Gulf of California to Peru, the Galapagos and Cocos.
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- Bottom only
- Reef and soft bottom
- Sand & gravel
- Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
- Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
- Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
- FishBase Habitat
- Feeding Group
- Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
- Bony fishes
- Egg Type
- No data
- Pelagic larva
- Global Endemism
- East Pacific endemic
- All species
- Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
- Regional Endemism
- Continent + Island (s)
- All species
- TEP endemic
- Island (s)
- Climate Zone
- North Temperate (Californian Province &/or Northern Gulf of California)
- Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
- Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
- Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
- IUCN Red List
- Least concern
- Not listed
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