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Species: Microlepidotus inornatus, Wavyline grunt

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back - horizontal orange stripes
LL 78-80

Microlepidotus inornatus Gill, 1862

Wavyline grunt

Body an elongate oval, depth 3.1-3.3 in SL, compressed; chin with 2 pores at front and 2 behind in a deep central hole; preopercle finely serrated to toothed, without large spines;  lower gill rakers 17; anal rays III, 12-13, 2nd  spine not much larger and thicker than 3rd  spine; dorsal fin XIV, 15, with a shallow notch between spines and rays; pelvic fins much shorter than pectorals; body scales generally with clusters of small accessory scales at their bases; soft dorsal and anal fins with scales covering membranes between rays;  lateral-line scales 78-80.

Silvery grey with 7-9 narrow orange stripes on side, some of stripes above lateral line broken and forming a wavy line pattern; not red inside mouth.

Size: to 45 cm.

Habitat: usually seen in sandy areas near the edge of reefs.

Depth: 5-30 m?.

Southern California and central Gulf of California to Manzanillo (central Mexico).

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  • Marine Only
  • Marine
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Near Bottom
  • Bottom
  • Bottom + water column
  • Soft bottom only
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Water column
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Planktivore
  • Data
  • Zooplankton
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
Egg Type
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
  • No data
Global Endemism
  • East Pacific endemic
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • All species
Regional Endemism
  • All species
  • Continental TEP endemic
  • TEP endemic
  • Cortez + Mexican provinces endemic
  • Continent
  • Continent only
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
  • North Temperate (Californian Province &/or Northern Gulf of California)
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 45
Depth Range Min
  • 5
Depth Range Max
  • 30