IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: hamlet (English), guaseta (English), mutton-hamlet (English), guaseta (Espanol)
Alphestes multiguttatus (Günther, 1867)

Many-spotted hamlet,     Pacific guaseta,     Rivulated mutton-hamlet

Body deep, strongly compressed; large eyes; snout short; preopercle serrated, with large forward-curving spine at lower front corner; 3-5 rows of small teeth on each jaw, a pair of small canines at front of both jaws, most of teeth movable; 20-23 gill rakers; dorsal with XI spines, 18-20 rays, with little or no notch between spiny and soft parts; anal fin III, 9; pectoral 17-19; tail rounded; flank scales smooth.

Generally brown with dense covering of dark brown spots, coalesced to form stripes on rear of body; pectoral fins yellowish with 5-6 dark brown bars.

Size: grows to about 25 cm.

Inhabits tidepools, rocky reefs, and adjacent sand patches.

Depth: 1-30 m.

Southern Baja and NE Gulf of California to Peru, Cocos and Malpelo.



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