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| Common names: midshipman (English), pez-fraile (Espanol), sapo (Espanol) |
Porichthys margaritatus (Richardson, 1844)
Pearlspot midshipman, Bronze midshipman, Blotched midshipman, Daisy midshipman
One strong solid spine on opercle, no subopercular spines; teeth like canines; 7-9 lower gill rakers; dorsal rays II + 32-37; anal rays 31 (29-33); last dorsal and anal rays separate from tail fin; head and body scaleless; four lateral lines with conspicuous rows of photophores; lower flank lateral line ends behind light-organ line.
Bronze-coloured with 6 (5-7) dark brown saddles, blotches, and spots on upper part of head and body; 9-10 blotches on outer dorsal fin; tail border dark.
Size: to 19 cm.
Inhabits sand or mud bottoms of trawling grounds.
Depth: 5-140 m.
Southern Baja and the Gulf of California to northern Peru, the Galapagos.