IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: searobin (English), vaca (Espanol), cabrilla (Espanol), rubio (Espanol)
Bellator loxias (Jordan, 1897)

Chevron searobin,     Barred searobin

A large, squarish, bony head that has many ridges and spines;  bony plates projecting at front of snout very short;  preopercular crest with 1 rear spine; narrow between eyes; mouth opens at front or slightly under snout; teeth on jaws and roof of mouth simple; two separate dorsal fins, X-XI + 10-11, 1st  spine longest, front edge serrated; anal rays 11; pectoral fins short, 23-34 percent of SL, reaching origin of anal fin, 12 rays, with 2-3 enlarged, free rays at bottom of fin that are detached from main fin;  body with rough scales; rear flap of operculum without scales; nape not scaled;  breast and belly scaly; 49-55 lateral line scales.

Red brown above, white below, yellow and red diagonal bars on upper sides; first dorsal clear, with brown dots and a large dark spot between 4th  and 5th  spines; second dorsal 2-3 dusky stripes; 3 dark chevron bars on tail; pectoral red.

        Size: 15 cm.

Habitat: sand and mud bottoms.

Depth: 20-191 m.

        Southern Baja and SW and NE Gulf of California to Peru, the Revillagigedos, Cocos Island and Galapagos.


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