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| Common names: scorpionfish (English), pez-escorpión (Espanol), puñal (Espanol) |
Pontinus species A
Relatively slender, body compressed; head very bony, with numerous spines, large, deep; nape flat; without pit behind eye; eye large (24-29% of head length); uppermost preopercular spine longest; teeth on roof of mouth at sides but not at front; slit present behind last gill arch; 13 gill rakers; dorsal XII, without elongated 2nd or 3rd spines, 9-10 rays, last ray divided at its base, not attached to body; anal III, 5, second spine moderately long; pectoral with longest rays in center, 16-18 rays, all unbranched; scales rough, present on cheek, behind eye and on chest; lateral line complete, scales with tubes.
Reddish, pinkish to white on breast and belly; irregular oblique brown bars on side; a broken brown stripe along lateral line; fins reddish with brown spotting on soft dorsal, caudal and pectorals.
Probably reaches at least 20 cm.
Habitat: rocky and rubble bottoms.
Depth: 50-150 m.
Southern Baja and the mouth of the Gulf of California to northern Peru.