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Species: Porichthys mimeticus, Mimetic midshipman, Mimic midshipman

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back: 4-6 saddles
D: 1-2 spots at front, dark border
A&C: border dark, A 29-33
D & A not joined to C
lower gill rakers: 10-12
lower LL ends ~ 18 pores behind its line of photophores

Porichthys mimeticus Walker & Rosenblatt, 1988

Mimic midshipman, Mimetic midshipman

Body compressed, elongate; head a little flattened above, no tentacles;one solid spine on opercle; no subopercular spines; teeth like canines; 11 (10-12) lower gill rakers;  first dorsal fin 2 solid spines, separate from second dorsal fin; second dorsal 32-36 rays; anal rays 31 (29-33); dorsal and anal fins not joined to tail; pectoral 16-20 rays; no scales; 4 lateral lines on body with light organs; lower lateral line ends ~ 18 pores BEHIND same line of light organs.

5 (4-6) dark saddles on back; dorsal fin with thin dark margin, 1-2 dark spots at front; tail with dark border; anal fin with thin dark margin; pectoral with dusky base, dusky rays; pelvics with dark rays.

Size: 26 cm.

Habitat: mud and sand bottoms.

Depth: 5-185 m.

The Gulf of California and southwest Baja.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom only
  • Bottom
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Soft bottom only
  • Mud
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • No Data
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Bony fishes
Egg Type
  • No data
  • Benthic
  • No pelagic larva
  • No pelagic phase
Global Endemism
  • East Pacific endemic
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • All species
Regional Endemism
  • Continental TEP endemic
  • Continent
  • TEP endemic
  • Continent only
  • All species
  • Cortez + Mexican provinces endemic
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • North Temperate (Californian Province &/or Northern Gulf of California)
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
  • Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Depth Range Max
  • 185
Depth Range Min
  • 5
Length Max
  • 26