IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: mojarra (English), mojarra (Espanol), palmito (Espanol)
Diapterus aureolus (Jordan & Gilbert, 1882)

Golden mojarra

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.


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