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| Common names: bass (English), cabrilla (Espanol) |
Paralabrax clathratus (Girard, 1854)
Body moderately 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 middle of pupil; between eyes relatively narrow (~ 15% of head length in adults), with scales; 21-24 lower gill rakers; dorsal X, 3-14, 3rd & 4th spines equally long, not more than 2x length of 2nd, margin of soft fin angular; anal III, 7, spines short, 3rd largest; pectoral rounded, 14-15 rays; pelvics inserted under or slightly behind pectoral base; tail with straight to undulating edge; scales small, rough, 62-68 lateral linel scales.
Upper head olive-green with irregular pale yellow spots; upper body mottled with black, white and olive-green; upper body with ~ 2 rows of rectangular white blotches in a netting pattern; lower head and body cream, with small black spots on lower body; fins olive with yellowish tint; male with chin and lower jaw orangish.
Size: 72 cm.
Habitat: macroalgal beds.
Depth: 0-61 m.
California to the tip of Baja.