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  Common names: sand-bass (English), cabrilla (Espanol)
 
Paralabrax maculatofasciatus (Steindachner, 1868)


Spotted sand-bass


Body moderately elongate, compressed; body depth 3.0-3.3 in SL; head pointed; mouth large; preopercle finely serrated; lower gill rakers 13-15; dorsal rays X, 13-14,  third spine greatly elevated, about three times longer than second; anal rays III,6-8; pectoral rays 16; 61-68 lateral line scales.


Generally white with numerous black, brown, and orange spots that may coalesce to form dark lines behind lower belly; 6-7 indistinct dark bars on side of body; an oblique bar from eye to lower corner of operculum; smaller fish with a dark line from eye to tail fin; soft dorsal, tail and anal fins densely spotted.


Size: attains 38.1 cm.

Inhabits low-profile, often weed-covered, reefs adjacent to sandy bottoms.

Depth: 1-60 m.

Central California to the Gulf of California, most common in the northern Gulf.
   

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