IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: jawfish (English), bocón (Espanol)
Lonchopisthus sinuscalifornicus Castro-Aguirre & Villavicencio-Garayzar, 1988

Longtailed jawfish

Elongate, compressed, tapering body; large bulbous head, eye large, high on side of head; mouth at front, large, extends to rear of eye; top jaw with rear end concave, blunt notch or hook on underside at rear; tail fin much longer than head, sharply pointed; dorsal rays XI, 18 (occasionally 17 or 19); anal rays III, 17 (rarely 18); pectoral rays 16-20; tail fin much longer than head length, with long central point; lateral line on front half of body only, high; scales in longitudinal series 67-74.


Head and body tan or cream; body with thin pale blue bars at front, scattered pale blue spots behind; a larger intense bluish-violet ocellus on opercle; median fins violet; dorsal and anal fins with a central row of pale blue spots.

Size: grows to about 30 cm.

Habitat: most specimens have been caught by trawls on flat sandy bottoms.

Depth: 3-15 m.

Gulf of California to Ecuador.

Closely related to L. higmani of the West Atlantic.


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