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Shorefishes - The Fishes - Species

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Species: Conodon macrops, Lemon-eye grunt

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bars - upper & lower body
7 scales LL to D origin
snout = eye
pectoral reaches past pelvic tip
A: 2nd spine little > 3rd



Conodon macrops Hildebrand, 1946

Lemon-eye grunt

Elongate, compressed; eye large. ~ same length as snout; rear margin of bone under eye concealed by scales; chin with a central groove, two pores at front, 2 more in hole behind them; preopercle border concave, strongly serrated, 1-2 large spines at angle, sometimes with teeth at lower border pointing forwards; outer row of teeth on both jaws enlarged canines; dorsal fin XII, 12, deeply notched; anal III, 7, 2nd  spine only slightly longer than 3rd; pectoral fins relatively long, reach past tip of pelvics; tail fin with straight edge; head and body entirely scaled; 50 pored lateral line scales; 7 rows of scales between lateral line and dorsal fin origin.
Body and head silvery grey; faint bars on sides extend below to level of pectoral; spinous dorsal dark grey, all other fins yellowish-grey.
Size: 30 cm.
Habitat: coastal, over soft bottoms.
Depth: 5-40 m?
Colombia to Peru.

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  • Marine Only
  • Marine
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Mid Water
  • Near Bottom
  • Bottom + water column
  • Water column
  • Sand & gravel
  • Mud
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
FishBase Habitat
  • Bentho-Pelagic
Feeding Group
  • No Data
  • Carnivore
  • Planktivore
  • Octopus/squid/cuttlefish
  • Bony fishes
  • Pelagic crustacea
  • No Data
  • Zooplankton
  • Pelagic fish eggs
  • Pelagic fish larvae
Egg Type
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
  • No data
Global Endemism
  • TEP non-endemic
  • East Pacific endemic
  • All species
Regional Endemism
  • Temperate Eastern Pacific, primarily
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) non-endemic
  • Peruvian province, primarily
  • Continent only
  • Continent
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • South Temperate (Peruvian Province )
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 30
Depth Range Min
  • 5
Depth Range Max
  • 40