IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: sand-bass (English), cabrilla (Espanol)
Paralabrax nebulifer (Girard, 1854)

Barred sand-bass

Body relatively slender (~ 29% of SL), compressed, back moderately elevated; head pointed, forehead profile gently curved; lower body profile relatively straight; lower jaw projects to join snout profile; mouth extends to under middle of pupil; preopercle finely serrated; 16-18 lower gill rakers; dorsal X, 13-15, 3rd  spine largest, distinctly longer than 4th  & 2.5x length of 2nd  spine, rear margin of soft fin pointed; anal III, 7, spines short, 3rd largest, soft part with rounded end; pectoral rounded, 17-18; pelvics inserted under or slightly behind pectoral base; tail straight to slightly concave; scales small, rough, 66-73 lateral line scales; scales between eyes and forward to rear nostrils.

Dark grey to greenish brown head and body; upper 2/3 body and tail base with dark blotches and indistinct to dark bars; often golden-brown spots on cheek and operculum, especially in juveniles;  a dark oblique bar between eye and lower corner of operculum; juvenile without bars on body.

Size: 65 cm.

Habitat: sand bottoms close to rocks.

Depth: 0-185 m.

California to the tip of Baja.


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