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| Common names: mojarra (English), mojarra (Espanol), palmito (Espanol) |
Eucinostomus gracilis (Gill, 1862)
Slender mojarra, Graceful mojarra
Body slender (depth 23-31% of SL); upper head profile almost straight; 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, spines slender, 2nd spine shorter than the third and only slightly more robust; pectoral fin pointed, not reaching to origin of anal fin; pelvics short (15-18% of SL); 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; lateral line straight on front of body; scales extend before front of eye on top of snout around scaleless groove; lateral-line scales 44-48.
Silvery white without distinguishing marks, although juveniles may have 3-5 diagonal dark bars on side.
Size: to about 23.9 cm.
Inhabits sand-mud bottoms of shallow coastal waters, including mangrove estuaries.
Depth: 0-30 m?
Southern Baja California and the Gulf of California to Ecuador and the Galapagos.