Common names: grunt (English), ronco (Espanol), vieja (Espanol)
Haemulopsis elongatus (Steindachner, 1879)
Elongate grunt, Sharp-snout grunt
Elongate; snout relatively long; forehead profile straight; 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 10-14; dorsal fin XII, 14-15, continuous, with notch between spiny and soft parts; anal rays III, 7-8, 2nd spine shorter than the 3rd, 2nd > eye, but not reaching base of 2nd last anal ray; pectoral fins shorter than head; 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 50-54.
Silver; upper lips, rear of lower lips blackish; diffuse dark stripes sometimes evident on side; upper edge of gill opening narrowly blackish; dorsal and tail fins dusky, anal and pelvics yellowish; inside mouth not red.
Size: attains 30 cm.
Habitat: frequents coastal seas on sandy or muddy bottoms.
Depth: 0-66 m.
Southern Baja and the lower 3/4 of the Gulf of California to Peru.