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| Common names: mojarra (English), mojarra (Espanol), palmito (Espanol) |
Diapterus aureolus (Jordan & Gilbert, 1882)
Body oval (depth ~ 45% of SL), compressed; the lower profile of the head distinctively concave; the mouth highly extensible, pointing downward when protruded; lower border of preopercle finely serrated; bone under front of eye with smooth border; teeth inside throat all pointed; dorsal rays IX, 10, elevated at front, notched deeply to base between spines and rays, 2nd spine longer than distance between tip of snout and rear of eye; anal rays III, 8, 2nd spine relatively large, but shorter than fin base; pectoral reaches past level of anal fin origin; tail fin deeply forked; lateral line very high on side, well above longitudinal axis of body along all of body; scales on front of body enlarged, becoming much smaller on tail base, 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 scales 35-36.
Silvery white, often with golden tint; fins yellowish, first dorsal with grey base, whitish center and black tip.
Size: grows to at least 20 cm.
Inhabits sand-mud bottoms of shallow coastal seas.
Depth: 0-30 m?
The Gulf of California to northern Peru.