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Species: Porichthys analis, Dark-edge midshipman, Gulf saddled midshipman, Gulf saddled toadfish

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~ 7 saddles on back
border D: 6 blotches
A&C dark margins, A 33-39
D & A not joined to C
lower gill rakers: 11-13
lower LL ends ~ 16 pores behind its row of light organs

Porichthys analis Hubbs & Schultz, 1939

Gulf saddled toadfish, Gulf saddled midshipman, Dark-edge midshipman

Body compressed, elongate; head a little flattened above, no tentacles; one strong solid spine on opercle, no subopercular spines; teeth like canines; 12 (11-13) lower gill rakers; dorsal rays II + 34-41; anal rays 36 (33-39); dorsal and anal fins not joined to tail fin; head and body scaleless; a sharp, non-venomous spine on upper rear corner of gill cover; four lateral lines with conspicuous rows of light organs; lower lateral line on flank with 16 pores BEHIND end of its light-organ row.

Tan or silvery whitish with 6-7 (5-9) brown saddles along upper body; dorsal fin with ~ 6 blotches along outer half; tail with dark border; front part of anal fin with dark margin.

Size: grows to at least 30 cm.

Inhabits sand and mud bottoms.

Depth: 1-225 m.

Southern Baja and the Gulf of California to central Mexico.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Soft bottom only
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • No Data
  • Carnivore
  • Bony fishes
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
Egg Type
  • No data
  • Benthic
  • No pelagic phase
  • No pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • East Pacific endemic
  • All species
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
Regional Endemism
  • All species
  • Continent
  • Continent only
  • Continental TEP endemic
  • TEP endemic
  • Cortez + Mexican provinces endemic
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
  • North Temperate (Californian Province &/or Northern Gulf of California)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 30
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 225