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Species: Orthopristis forbesi, Forbe's grunt

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opercular edge dark
D: 15
preoperculum smooth, rear border straight
A: 11; spines long, 2nd = 3rd

Orthopristis forbesi Jordan & Starks in Gilbert, 1897

Forbe'S Grunt

Body slender (depth 2.8-3.0 in SL), strongly compressed; mouth short, ends before eye, with thin lips; chin with 2 front pores and 2 rear pores in central hole, plus a longitudinal groove; preopercle margin smooth, with vertical margin straight; lower gill rakers 13-14; dorsal fin XII-XIII, 15, without notch between spines and rays; anal fin with long base, III, 11, spines long, 2nd = 3rd; pectoral long, curved, pointed; tail forked; body scales without small accessory scales; 9-10 scale rows between lateral line and dorsal origin; soft dorsal and anal scaleless; lateral line 80-85 scales.

Silvery grey, sometimes with narrow orange stripes corresponding with scale rows on sides; opercular membrane dark.

Size: attains at least 36 cm.

Habitat: forms schools in sandy areas near rocky reefs.

Depth: 3-30 m.

Galapagos Islands.

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  • Marine Only
  • Marine
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Near Bottom
  • Bottom + water column
  • Bottom
  • Sand & gravel
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Water column
  • Soft bottom only
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • No Data
Egg Type
  • Pelagic
  • No data
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • East Pacific endemic
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • All species
Regional Endemism
  • TEP oceanic island (s) endemic
  • Island (s)
  • Island (s) only
  • Galapagos Islands endemic
  • All species
  • TEP endemic
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
IUCN Red List
  • Data deficient
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 36
Depth Range Min
  • 3
Depth Range Max
  • 30