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Species: Pareques species A, Pacific highhat, Rock croaker

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dark grey, +/- 4-7 dark stripes
juvenile - 7-8 thin stripes
D VII-VIII + I, 42-45
opercle: scales smooth
19-23 gill rakers

Pareques species A

Rock croaker, Pacific highhat

Body oblong, deep, back strongly arched; snout overhangs horizontal mouth; top jaw notched, encloses lower; chin with 5 pores, no barbels; 19-23 short gill rakers; preopercle weakly serrated; dorsal fin with long base, deep notch between spiny and soft parts, spiny part high,  bluntly pointed, VII-VIII + I, 42-45; anal fin with short base, II, 7-8, 2nd  spine thick, ~2/3 length 1st ray; pectoral short; tail fin rounded; scales rough  except smooth on operculum; 50-56 lateral line scales; inner 2/3 of soft dorsal and anal fins covered with thick sheaths of scales.

Grey, sometimes with 4-7 faint dark stripes along side of body, some passing onto head; fins without white borders; juveniles with 7-8 thin dark stripes, a black bar on the 1st dorsal and pelvic fins.

Size: 30 cm?

Habitat: rocky reefs.

Depth: 3-35 m?.

Southern Baja and the Gulf of California to Peru, the Revillagigedos.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Reef only
  • Rocks
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • No Data
Egg Type
  • No data
  • Pelagic larva
  • Pelagic
Global Endemism
  • East Pacific endemic
  • All species
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
Regional Endemism
  • All species
  • Island (s)
  • Continent
  • TEP endemic
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
  • North Temperate (Californian Province &/or Northern Gulf of California)
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
  • South Temperate (Peruvian Province )
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
IUCN Red List
  • Not evaluated / Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 30
Depth Range Min
  • 3
Depth Range Max
  • 35