IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: grunt (English), sargo (English), burro (Espanol)
Anisotremus dovii (Günther, 1864)

Black-barred grunt,     Spot-head sargo,     Spotted-head grunt

Body deep, compressed, back high; head short, blunt; mouth small, low, ~ horizontal, lips fleshy; inside mouth not red; teeth in bands on jaws, outer ones larger, conical, none on center roof of mouth; a pair of conspicuous pores plus a central groove under the chin; preopercle finely serrated; dorsal continuous but deeply notched, 4th  spine longest, XI-XII, 13-16; anal III, 9-10, 2nd  spine long and thick;  longest dorsal spine and 2nd  anal spine > ½ head length; pectoral fins relatively short, not reaching anal origin; tail forked; scales moderate to large, rough, over entire body and head except front of snout, lips and chin, on membranes between dorsal and anal soft rays; lines of scales above lateral line in rows parallel to that line; lateral-line scales 45-52.

Whitish to dusky pale grey with 4-5 blackish bars on body and head; soft dorsal and soft part of anal fin dusky blackish.

Size: reaches 40 cm.

Inhabits soft bottoms of trawling grounds.

Depth: 10-40 m.

The mouth of the Gulf of California to northern Peru.


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