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| Common names: mojarra (English), mojarra. (English), mojarra (Espanol), palmito (Espanol) |
Eucinostomus dowii (Gill, 1863)
Pacific spotfin mojarra, Dow's mojarra, Silver mojarra
Body elongate (depth 30-40% of SL); lower profile of head distinctively concave; mouth highly extensible, pointing downward when protruded; lower border of preopercle smooth; bone under front of eye with smooth border; teeth inside throat all pointed; dorsal rays IX, 10, elevated at front, 2nd spine less than or equal to distance between tip of snout and rear of eye; anal fin III, 7, second spine strongest, short, < height of tail base; pectoral fin pointed, not reaching to origin of anal fin; tail fin deeply forked; scales large, conspicuous and finely rough, covering most of head and body; dorsal and anal fins fold into a high scaly sheath along their bases; scales extend before front of eye on top of snout around scaleless groove ; lateral-line scales 44-46.
Overall silvery white without distinguishing dark spot or blotch on dorsal fin or inner surface of opercle.
Size: grows to 20 cm.
Inhabits sand or mud bottoms of shallow coastal waters, including estuaries.
Depth: 0-30 m?
California to the Gulf of California to Peru, including the Galapagos.