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Species: Pareques perissa, Galapagos rock croaker, Odd highhat

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uniform dark grey
juvenile: 8-9 undulating stripes, black fin edges
D2 32-33; A 8

Pareques perissa (Heller & Snodgrass, 1903)

Galapagos rock croaker, Odd highhat

Body oblong, deep, back strongly arched;  eye relatively large, 25-33% of head length;snout overhangs horizontal mouth; top jaw notched, encloses lower; chin with 5 pores, no barbels; 16-18 short gill rakers; preopercle almost smooth; dorsal fin with long base, deep notch between spiny and soft parts, spiny part high, rounded, XI +I, 32-33; anal fin with short base, II, 8, 2nd  spine thick, slightly shorter than 1st ray; pectoral short; tail fin rounded; all scales rough; 50-53 lateral line scales; soft dorsal and anal fins covered with thick sheaths of scales.

Adult with head, body and fins charcoal. Juveniles silvery white, with 8-9 undulating black stripes on sides; borders of dorsal and tail fins dark.

Size: to about 30 cm.

Inhabits rocky reefs.

Depth: 3-35 m.

Galapagos Islands.

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  • Marine Only
  • Marine
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom only
  • Bottom
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Reef only
  • Rocks
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Data
Egg Type
  • No data
  • Pelagic larva
  • Pelagic
Global Endemism
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • All species
  • East Pacific endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Island (s)
  • TEP endemic
  • Galapagos Islands endemic
  • TEP oceanic island (s) endemic
  • All species
  • Island (s) only
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Data deficient
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 30
Depth Range Min
  • 3
Depth Range Max
  • 35