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| Common names: sand-perch (English), camotillo (Espanol), menta (Espanol) |
Diplectrum conceptione (Valenciennes in Cuvier & Valenciennes, 1828)
Body elongate, moderately compressed; snout fairly blunt, lower jaw projecting slightly; angle of preopercle a bony spur with 2 large central spines that point apart, 1-2 smaller enlarged spines above and below these 2; 22-24 gill rakers; dorsal X, 12-13, 4th spine longest, a little longer than longest ray; anal small, III, 7, 3rd spine longest; tail deeply concave, upper tip longer; lateral line complete; snout and between eyes scaleless; scales moderately small, rough; ~ 53 lateral line scales, 7-8 vertical rows scales on cheek.
Head and back dark reddish brown; a large black blotch on opercle; orange stripe under eye; inside mouth yellow ; inner surface of opercle black; side of body with 7-8 rose bars extending down to level of pectoral; large yellow blotch on side of belly; belly yellow along midline; dorsal translucent, thinly mottled with olive and orange, margin red; anal fin yellow; tail olivaceus, dark margin, large dark blotch on base; pelvics dark olive.
Size: 20 cm.
Habitat: soft bottoms.
Depth: 10-80 m.
Ecuador to Concepcion, Chile.