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  Common names: sea-bass (English), rock-bass (English), cabrilla (Espanol), cabrillón (Espanol)
Paralabrax callaensis Starks, 1906

Callao sea-bass,     Southern rock-bass

Body deep, compressed, back moderately elevated; head pointed; mouth large; preopercle finely serrated; snout profile nearly straight; lower jaw projects to join snout profile; mouth extends to under rear edge of pupil; between eyes relatively narrow (~ 15% of head length in adults), with rough scales; 18-22 lower gill rakers; dorsal X, 13, 3rd  spine largest, 2x length of 9th  spine & longer than rays, rear margin of soft fin gently convex; anal III, 7, spines strong, 2nd  largest; pectoral long, rounded, 17-19; pelvics inserted under or slightly behind pectoral base; scales small, rough, 92-104 lateral scales, 13-15 between lateral line and dorsal origin.

Grey-brown to brown head and body; dense orange spots and horizontal lines on front and side of head; redbrown spots and undulating horizontal lines along upper back to tail; spiny dorsal grey with whitish central stripe & dark outer margin, soft dorsal dark grey with brown spots; tail brown with darker spots on base, rays blackish; anal dark grey with brown spots, spines white; pelvic dark grey, white front border; pectoral yellowish.

        Size: 32 cm.

Habitat: rocky bottoms.

Depth: 1-50 m?

        Colombia to central Peru.


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