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Species: Pristigenys serrula, Popeye catalufa

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body a deep oval
D: center spines longest
preopercle edge - scaly, no spine

Pristigenys serrula (Gilbert, 1891)

Popeye Catalufa

Body deep, robust, broadly oval, thick; a large, upturned, oblique mouth with a projecting lower jaw; gill rakers 23- 25; no spines on the head; preopercle without spine in adults; fin spines with tiny spines; dorsal fin X (middle spines longest), 11-12 (usually 11),center spines longest; anal III, 10-11; pectoral 17-18; tail rounded; pelvics rounded, ~equal to head length, inserted under pectoral base, broadly fused to belly; scales large, very rough, extremely so on head, present on rear of preopercle, large on body (45-51 on lateral line); 11-13 rows above lateral line,

Dark silvery red, including fins and iris of eye; outer part of pelvic fins blackish; young specimens with several faint pale bars on sides.

Size: grows to 35 cm.

Inhabits rocky bottoms.

Depth: 3-250 m.

Central California to Chile, including the central and southern Gulf of California, the Galapagos, Cocos and Revillagigedos.

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  • Marine Only
  • Marine
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom + water column
  • Mid Water
  • Near Bottom
  • Bottom
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef only
  • Rocks
  • Water column
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Planktivore
  • Data
  • Carnivore
  • Pelagic crustacea
  • Bony fishes
  • Data
Egg Type
  • Pelagic larva
  • Pelagic
  • No data
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • East Pacific endemic
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
Regional Endemism
  • TEP endemic
  • All species
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Continent
  • Island (s)
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
  • North Temperate (Californian Province &/or Northern Gulf of California)
  • South Temperate (Peruvian Province )
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 35
Depth Range Min
  • 3
Depth Range Max
  • 250