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Species: Hoplopagrus guentherii, Barred pargo, Mexican barred snapper

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front nostril = long tube
body deep
~ 6 double dark bars



Hoplopagrus guentherii Gill, 1862

Barred pargo, Mexican barred snapper

Body deep, moderately compressed; front nostril long, tubular, points down; rear nostril in a relatively long deep groove before eye; preopercle serrated, with a notch above lower corner; molar-like teeth on sides of jaws; front of roof of mouth with several large molar teeth; tongue without teeth; lower gill rakers (including rudiments) 11-15; dorsal rays X, 14, notch between spiny and soft parts of dorsal fin; anal rays III, 9; pectoral rays 16 or 17; scales medium size, about 45-49 in lateral line;  bases of soft dorsal and anal scaly; scale rows on upper back parallel to lateral line.

Head and back silvery grey to dark brown, top of snout and head and nape with many small dark pots; body with about 6 long, double brown bars;  fins grey to reddish brown; juveniles have closely paired dark bars on the side and a blackish spot at end of dorsal fin base.

Size: grows to a maximum length of about 92 cm.

Habitat: a nocturnal predator of crustaceans and small fishes, it shelters on rocky reefs during the day.

Depth: common in 3-10 m, but ranges to at least 100 m.

Southern Baja to the Gulf of California to Ecuador and the Revillagigedos, the Galapagos, Mapelo and Cocos.


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  • Brackish
  • Marine
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef only
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Rocks
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Data
  • Carnivore
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Bony fishes
  • Data
  • Sea-stars/cucumbers/urchins
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
Egg Type
  • Pelagic larva
  • Pelagic
  • No data
Global Endemism
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • East Pacific endemic
  • All species
Regional Endemism
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Continent
  • TEP endemic
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • North Temperate (Californian Province &/or Northern Gulf of California)
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
  • Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 92
Depth Range Min
  • 3
Depth Range Max
  • 100