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  Common names: salema (English), salema (Espanol), ojón (Espanol)
Xenichthys agassizii Steindachner, 1876

White salema

Elongate, compressed; head conical, compressed; eyes large, round; chin with 2 pairs of pores, rear pores larger, well separated, not in a hole; mouth short, oblique, lower jaw projecting; teeth minute, in bands on jaws, on roof of mouth; margin of preopercle finely serrated dorsal fin - spiny and soft parts almost separate, XI, I, 17-18 rays, soft fin with longer base than spiny fin; pectoral fins long and somewhat curved, reaching to level of anal fin origin; tail shallowly forked; anal - III small spines, 17 rays; soft part similar in size and form to soft dorsal; lateral-line scales 56-60.

Silvery bluish without distinguishing marks.

Size: to 22 cm.

Habitat: forms schools in rocky shallows.

Depth: 3-20 m.

Galapagos Islands.


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