Common names: grunt (English), vieja (Espanol), ronco (Espanol)
Haemulopsis axillaris (Steindachner, 1869)
Yellow-stripe grunt, Axil grunt
Moderately elongate, oval body; wide between eyes; mouth small, slightly oblique, opens at front; chin with 2 pairs of pores, rear pair in a deep hole; preopercle finely serrated; lower gill rakers 14-17; dorsal fin XII, 14-15, continuous, with notch between spiny and soft parts; anal rays III, 8, 2nd spine shorter than the 3rd; pectoral fins reaching level of anus; body scales without small accessory scales; soft dorsal and anal with small scales between rays as well as a scaly sheath on base; lateral-line scales 49-54.
Silvery with upper edge of gill opening narrowly black, sometimes a dark smudge behind that corner; a triangular black spot in axil of pectoral fin; narrow brown stripes corresponding with scale rows often present on sides; 3-4 bars often evident on side; inside mouth not red.
Size: reaches 30 cm.
Habitat: coastal soft bottoms.
Depth: 0-60 m.
Southern Baja and the lower 2/3 of the Gulf of California to Peru.