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| Common names: coney (English), hind (English), baqueta (Espanol), mero (Espanol) |
Epinephelus acanthistius (Gilbert, 1892)
Gulf coney, Rose coney, Rooster hind
Body deep, robust; gill rakers 25-27; dorsal rays IX, 17; membranes of dorsal spines deeply notched, larger specimens with elevated 2nd to 4th dorsal spines; anal rays III, 9; pectorals 18-19; flank scales rough; 61-64 scales on lateral line.
Adult: rosy red (sometimes with brownish tinge); fins grading to dark brownish; a thin dark brown band above side of top jaw; Juvenile dark brown, with irregular blue spots on body, which form vertical lines at the rear of the body; several blue lines running from eye back and down across operculum; black moustache above top jaw.
Maximum size, to at least 130 cm.
Inhabits rocky reefs and nearby sand patches.
Usually below 12 m and ranging to at least 111 m; juveniles can be in shallow water.
Southern Baja through the Gulf of California to Peru.